[ 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 Guedri, Program Manager for all Atlas-based programs, at or 804-233-4180.

There's still time! (but don't wait…)
There's still time to sign up for free summer programs at Atlas, ART 180's art center for teens.The deadline to sign up is June 17 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 this one-time painting workshop this Friday (info below.)

Create a play
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
June 27 - August 22 (9 weeks)
This summer project will give teens the opportunity to create in a variety of media: visual art, music, writing and performance. Working with ART 180 and our partner, The Conciliation Project, teens will learn how to transform their ideas and experience into an original theatrical performance to be shared with the community on August 20. No previous experience needed!

Back alley paintings
Fridays from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
June 24 - July 15 (4 weeks)
Work with your peers to explore a variety of themes to create large scale painted banners that will be part of an outdoor alley art exhibition August 5. No previous experience needed!

Inspire healing through art
Fridays from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
July 22 - August 12 (4 weeks)
Work with your peers to create a healing visual art installation for patients, families and staff of VCU's Main Hospital Trauma Unit. No previous experience needed!

Download program application