Atlas Programs

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 Road and Marshall Street.

Any questions should be directed to

Maurice Jackson, Program Manager for all Atlas programs,

Ashley Short, Youth Engagement Coordinator,, or 804-233-4180


Programs are first come, first serve, so sign up soon before they fill up! 

Each program includes up to 15 teens.




Programs begin February 15 and end May 20

Registration is open now!

Creating the Moment: Breathing Through Art - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Mondays | 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Led by Khalid Thompson


Description:  Creating The Moment encourages participants to use their intuition to create works of art expressing their individuality. The program uses painting and drawing as a therapeutic means for uplifting one’s sense of self. Through this process of creative exploration, participants will develop a greater understanding of personal empowerment, collective reinforcement, and social engagement in a virtual experience.

Wednesdays | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Led by Peter F Arango, Gabriel Williams, David Kim

Description:Through this music program, we aim to provide an immersive experience on how the music industry works and how projects come to life through collaboration and intention. The program is laid out as a groundwork for a just society by creating a community that provides youth with expanded opportunities and alternative definitions of success. With the proper tools, we will empower the youth and promote their creativity, collaboration skills, social development, and self-worth. We will expose students to a broad range of digital media and music industry professions so that they become inspired to choose their own path.

Podcasting With Purpose - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Thursdays | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Led by Nicki Stein

Description:In Podcasting With Purpose, teens will learn the skills and technology to prepare them for curating their own stories through podcasting and radio. Guided by their teaching artist, students will be encouraged to take ownership of their stories by sharing their passions, interests, and lived experiences.

At the core of this program, youth voice and advocacy will challenge them while also exploring the world of art through sound and tech. Every student will gain an understanding of how to create their own podcast, branding it as their own through self-exploration to build community with other students and artists.

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Our Teen Leadership Council is made up of a group of a special group of teens working on projects aiming to develop their unique voice and leadership skills. Last year, our 2019 Teen Leadership Council banded together to help one of our members, Natalia Mangaroo, 18, with her high school senior project. The 12th grader from Open High tapped into the artistic experiences she gained from ART 180 to give Paradise Park, a beloved Richmond treasure hidden in the heart of the Fan, a fresh coat of paint.

“I decided to do this as my senior project because we used to come here all the time for field trips in elementary school. This was such a happy place for me when I was little, and it made me sad to see it not as it used to be. So I decided to revamp it so that the younger kids who come here now feel the same joy that I felt when I was their age.” -Natalia