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 2020 Community Programs - all fall programs are online. Registration is available through each program partner.

ArtBending: Exploring Self and Identity through the Elements of Art
Site / Partner: Peter Paul Development Center 
Wednesdays, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m., October 7 - December 16
Leader: Nadeea Harvin; Assistant: Jazmine Beatty

Description: Participants in ArtBending: Exploring Self and Identity through the Elements of Art explore ways of turning creativity and self expression into self-care. Youth learn how to take time to breathe during their virtual program and create art. Each week youth relate to their unique form of expression and experiences by focusing on a different element of art (line, form, texture, color, balance, pattern, repetition, time, space, etc). Through art activities and guided by breathing exercises youth gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others and recognize unique points of views, personal space and expressions.



Amazing Plants! Earth Art and Gardening Class
Site / Partner: Saint Andrew’s School
Mondays (5th grade class) and Tuesdays (Fourth grade class) , 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., October 5th - December  15th
Leader: Maja Olsson; Assistant: Elle Cosby

Description: Participants in Amazing Plants! Earth Art and Gardening Class will learn about the plant life cycle, plant a seed, and use plants as a muse for imagined gardens and drawings. By developing the interest and skills of plant-care kids will be able to seek out and appreciate nature when they have greater independence. Youth share in the ability to garden, watch things grow and survive as well as document the life-cycle of pants with drawings.  Participants receive garden materials and plants at the start of the program, the final project will incorporate everything they learn about the plant life cycle, gardening, and farming. 

Framing You
Site / Partner: Neighborhood Resource Center
Workshop Series: Saturdays, 9 - 12 p.m., October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th
Leader: RaJahne Harris

Description: ART 180’s Framing You is a youth photography workshop where participants plan a photo-shoot from the Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton. Youth will explore what the camera means to them and work as a team to capture shared stories and ideas. Participants collaboratively develop a theme for a community photo-shoot and use provided materials as well as digital cameras to reveal the world around them.

SPACE (Positive and Negative)
Site / Partner: Autism Society of Central Virginia (*may include some Northstar participants)
Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Oct 8th - Dec 17th
Leader: Dee Robertson; Assistant: Courntey Stubbs

Description: In SPACE (Positive and Negative) youth will explore ART 180’s theme of “Breathe” in relation to space; the space to breathe and how we create as well as respond to the positive and negative space around us. Using paint and collage materials youth explore how we are affected by our surrounding atmosphere, mood, and energy. Through guided art activities youth learn that they can control, join, or react to our physical space and embrace contrast and conflict through art. Youth will work with peers to investigate how positive and negative space work together and how they may create a “breathable” space physically, imaginary, and visually.



Take 5: Exploring Our World Through the Senses
Site / Partner: Autism Society of Central Virginia
Workshop Series: Tuesdays, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.,  Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec 17 
Leader: Courntey Stubbs; Assistant: Dee Robertson

Description: Using mindful breathing techniques, gentle movement, common household items, and basic art supplies, participants reconnect with our physical environments and explore our relationship to the world around us through creating tactile journals. Youth bind together creations from individual and group activities and produce their own tactile journal, which they may continue to add to over the length of the program. Using objects found in and inspired by their world from home participants connect with others to share their unique voice and ideas. The act of breathing builds space for youth to connect with themselves and others in this time, reflections about these experiences are documented in the journal.



My Emotional Atlas
Site / Partner: Binford Middle School, Communities in Schools
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m., October 7th - December 16th
Leaders: Patricia Bruce, Nastassa Swift

Description: With creative activities and projects My Emotional Atlas asks youth to associate emotions with colors, textures, and materials. How does texture / color / material represent this emotion? Creating a personal "emotional atlas" allows students the freedom to express themselves and more deeply understand their emotional experiences through the tactility of fiber processes and materials: wet/dry felting, embroidery, (weaving?). Participants are encouraged to share with peers, guided breathing exercises and group conversations help youth to become more comfortable in processing and understanding their OWN emotions.



Sculpture Savvy
Site / Partner: NextUp
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 - 6 p.m., October 5th - November 25th
Leaders: Lindsay Wood, RaJahne Harris

Description: Using basic materials found at home, participants in Sculpture Savvy explore how simple materials create three dimensional sculptures.  Sculpture Savvy asks students to think and work resourcefully and minimally and create work based on an important subject matter in the realms of social change, personal growth and the betterment of all. Reflecting Art 180's fall theme, "Breathe," completed artworks are inspired from activities touching on mindfulness, observation, self awareness, quality of being and personal growth.



The Circle of Rhythm
Site / Partner: Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
Wednesdays, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m., October 7th - December 16th
Leaders: John Gammon, Kaitlynn Davis

Description: The Circle of Rhythm offers participants an opportunity to learn about the history and evolution of drum while being encouraged to think about and discuss the healing elements of music, communities, self-care and performance. Youth will learn basic drumming techniques and how to be a part of a drum circle, adding their own rhythm to the community of peers. Central to the drum circle is dance, which is introduced here through movement and breathing exercises. Youth will work towards a public, but online, performance, which will include group and individual drumming rhythms as well as dance.

Painting the Future

Site / Partner: Richmond Juvenile Detention Center

Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m., October 7th - December 16th

Leader: Jaraz Jenkins; Assistant: Chloe’ Hagins

Description: In Painting The Future participants learn how to express themselves in a peaceful and productive way while connecting with others.  By exploring the techniques of painting this program asks youth to see themselves in the world today versus how they plan to live as adults.  Participants will complete two portraits, in the form of one before and one after. The before portrait depicts themselves currently, the after will be a portrait of that same youth in the future after they’ve accomplished the goals they’ve set for themselves. Every portrait will include an artist statement explaining the stepping stones they traveled to become the individual they see in the painting. In response to ART 180’s 2020 theme “Breathe,”  youth will be asked to include representation of breathing into their portraits.