[ We are artists, writers, musicians, poets, dancers and everyday people working to create change in young people’s lives through art. ]


Each of our programs fosters a relationship between an artist (or artists) and a small group of young people. Projects are custom-designed based on the artist, his or her interests, the group's interests, and the site.

For each program we partner with an organization committed to serving children in need: We offer ongoing enrichment opportunities that would otherwise not be available; and they offer the support of counselors, staff, and knowledge that comes from years of experience working with the children we serve.

From time to time we'll pull together a single, defined art event for young people. For National Night Out, for example, we helped kids cover a city street with chalk drawings; another year we videotaped their wishes for their community.

For a list of our community-based partners and programs, click here.

Atlas-Based Programs (ART 180's Art center for teens)

All teen programs take place at Atlas, ART 180's art center for teens, located at 114 W. Marshall Street, on the corner of Brook Rd. and Marshall St. Any questions should be directed to Michael Zetlan, Program Manager for all Atlas-based programs, at or 804-233-4180.

There's still time! (but don't wait…)
TThere's still time to sign up for free fall programs at Atlas, ART 180's art center for teens.The deadline to sign up is September 23 but don't wait until then. These programs are first come, first serve, so sign up soon before they fill up! If you want to get a feel for what a program here is like, come try our free workshops that happen every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 4-6pm.

Yoga & Watercolor
Mondays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
October 3 - November 21 (8 weeks)
Participants will utilize Yoga and Meditation to help bring inner stillness to young minds, evoking introspective thought that will be manifested creatively onto canvas. No previous experience needed!

Self Reflection Poetry
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
October 4 – November 29 (8 weeks)
Participants will be given several prompts to create "I am…" poems and will then create a group poem to be performed at the January First Friday event. No previous experience needed!

Illustrated Maps
Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
October 5 – November 30 (8 weeks)
Participants will collectively create a large scale map of Richmond where they will illustrate the different neighborhoods and capture the essences from a local perspective. No previous experience needed.

Download program application

Self-Advocacy Through Art

Our new Self-Advocacy program works with youth trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline to sharpen their advocacy and leadership skills, share their experiences through creative expression, and mobilize communities for change. The program brings incarcerated youth together with artists and advocates to produce media campaigns and mobile exhibitions designed to spark dialogue and inspire action on the causes, impacts, and alternatives to the school-to-prison pipeline. This program is in partnership with Legal Aid Justice Center and was inspired by the Performing Statistics project. It is supported by the Robins Foundation's Community Innovation Grant.

View artwork and learn about the process at

Learn about the advocacy campaign at