Community Programs

For all of our community programs, ART 180 partners with an organization that is equally as committed to serving youth facing challenging circumstances. We strive to offer ongoing programming and enriching opportunities that we know wouldn’t be accessible otherwise. Our programs come with the support of our dedicated counselors, staff, and the collective knowledge that comes from years of experience with working with our local youth. 


Questions? Please contact our Program Manager Vaughn Garland about our Community programs at or 804-233-4180.

ART 180 partners with various elementary and middle schools as well as youth organizations to continuously bring enriching opportunities to local youth in challenging circumstances. With the support of our counselors and staff we’re able to provide the following programs. 

ART 180 Fall 2021 Community Programs - all fall programs are in-person. Registration is available through each program partner.

Feel Good Beats
Site / Partner: Saint Andrew’s School
Mondays (4th and 5th grade), 2:45 - 4:00 p.m., September 13th - December  13th
Teaching artists: Kaitlynn Davis and John Gammon

Description: Participants in Feel Good Beats learn Caribbean Dance while practicing mindfulness and movement.  Youth learn drama and dance choreography to manage their moods, create group movements and share in peer collaborations. Youth are asked to connect with others, be creative, learn to articulate their emotions and make a unique work of art that represents their ideas and reflections on the time. Youth will work towards a dance performance, presented virtually or in-person, where family and friends are invited. Feel Good Beats is a celebration of what it means to be a youth, please join us!



Creator/Promoter: ART 180’s Youth Media 

Site / Partner: Richmond Juvenile Detention Center

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., September 15th - December 15th

Teaching artists: Jaraz Jenkins and Wil Sands

Description: Students in Creator/Promoter: ART 180’s Youth Media explore the art of visual content creation and self-promotion to create online media identities or brands. Participants learn from sketching, painting, digital art, and photography activities to define their digital selves and develop a new digital branding campaign. Youth collaborate on and create a final mixtape cover that best identifies their brand and digital persona. Creator/Promoter: ART 180’s Youth Media seeks to foster young artists working to present themselves through 21st century portraits. 

In The Pocket: Explore Plants Through Gardening And Botanical Illustration
Site / Partner: International Rescue Committee at the Sarah Garland Jones Center
Wednesdays, 4 - 6 p.m., September 29th - December 15th
Teaching artists: Barry O’Keefe and Becca Amos

Description: In The Pocket: Explore Plants Through Gardening and Botanical Illustration is a program in which participants draw, paint and illustrate plants that have meaning to their food cultures, while developing an international garden in Richmond’s East End. Through botanical illustrations and drawing exercises, youth explore how plants create mutually beneficial relationships with other plants, fungi, and animals-- including humans! These mutually beneficial relationships will be the subject matter of our final art project installed at a GRTC bus stop and put into practice in a neighborhood garden. Youth will have the opportunity to share their stories from their food cultures through audio and video recordings. In The Pocket is a collaboration by ART 180, The International Rescue Committee of Richmond, Bon Secours' Sarah Garland Jones Center, the Greater Richmond Transit Company and the City Of Richmond.

Living My Dream: Talk Back Series
Site / Partner: Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
Workshop Series: Tuesday and Thursdays, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., September 28th - December 16th
Teaching artists: Kaitlynn Davis and John Gammon

Description: ART 180’s summer theater program Living My Dream: Talk Back Series asks youth to tell their personal stories of triumph through performance.  Working with ART 180 teaching artists Kaitlynn Davis and John Gammon, youth learn different forms of art like; rap, acting, makeup, or design. Through open discussion, concept theory, and guided workshops youth share and collaborate with peers, working to produce an end-of-program showcase of their stories. Sign up now for this dynamic five week program!



Sounds That Express: Creative Beatmaking and Song Writing
Site / Partner: Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond at their new Teen Center at 1830 Creighton Rd, Richmond, VA 23223
Wednesdays and Fridays, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., October 6th - December 17th
Teaching artists: Justina Burton and Calvin Brown

Description: Become a sound engineer with Sounds that Express: Creative Beatmaking and Song Writing. Learn the art of beatmaking, song writing, music production and digital audio engineering from the new digital audio studio at Richmond’s Boys and Girls Club Teen Center. Youth participants will be inspired by traveling to the Shenandoah National Park where they will record sounds, document their experiences with nature and explore sound in relation to their own lives.  Youth will explore how to tell stories, learn voiceover techniques and create new audio pieces through the art of audio editing and engineering. Join ART 180 this Fall 2021 and next Spring 2022 for Sounds that Express: Creative Beatmaking and Song Writing.



ART Bending (offered at two separate locations)
Site / Partner: NextUp @ at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
Tuesadys and Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., October 4th - December 15th
Teaching artists: Jaraz Jenkins and Austin Miles

Site / Partner: NextUp @ at Henderson Middle School

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., October 5th - December 16thTeaching artists: Austin Miles and Amarise Carreras

Description: Participants in ART 180 ART Bending learn how the elements of art create new expressions of the world. Like Aang in "Avatar: The Last AirBender," youth in ART 180's ART Bending program take time to breathe, connect with others and learn how to draw.


Learning Statement: Focusing on a different element of art (line, form, texture, color, balance, pattern, repetition, time, space) participants have fun and create new ways to see their worlds.