WHAT IS THE ART 180 COLLECTIVE?
We create spaces, free of judgement, encouraging creative self-expression while developing young creators and promoting them through exhibitions, performances, public art, and more.
We build partnerships with professional artists, schools, and community organizations to guide young people in developing skills to help them share their own unique and important voice.
We operate Atlas, a community arts hub and gallery in Jackson Ward, where our office is located, and provide programs at partner locations across the community.
The ART 180 Collective is committed to the path of growth, purpose, and elevating the creative spirit that makes life more joyful.
We are a collective of creative people cultivating the tools and strength of spirit to meet every moment, every trauma, and every triumph head on.
We are building a future for our collective where freedom is a given, creativity is a lifestyle, and every moment can be met with presence and purpose.
At ART 180 we...
Use art as an amplifier
Whether self-expression or a political message, we use art to raise our voices
Co-create to innovate
When we share the power of creativity equally, we create magic
Make space for everyone’s voice
We ensure everyone has a moment to share their opinions, perspectives, and questions
Take youth seriously
We respect the voices of our youth and invite them to lead
Listen before we speak
We grow through listening
Keep curiosity close
We exercise the muscle of curiosity in all things
HOW WE OPERATE
We create deep, reflective, and fun programming and events for young people and our community using art as the tool for self-knowledge and joy.
ART 180 is a registered 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998, operating offices and a youth art center + gallery in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, VA.