What is Youth Arts Arise?
Youth Arts Arise is a FREE arts education project for students ages 11 to 16. This FREE program is a great after school opportunity to explore creativity in a wide range of artistic mediums.
Did we mention it’s FREE?
Workshop themes encourage positive self-expression by means of exploring a multitude of cultures and traditions, embracing diversity while simultaneously working towards a better understanding of individual identity.
Students ages 15-19 who are interested in pursuing a career in art will have an opportunity to become peer leaders and receive a stipend to assist the artist instructors on a rotating basis. Staff will provide support for portfolio development for participants who want to submit to college art departments.
Big thanks to The Boston Foundation for supporting Youth Arts Arise through a Vision Fund grant! And thank you to all of the generous donors who have given supplies and helped to make Youth Arts Arise a success: Boulter Lumber, Stanhope Framers, The Beautiful Stuff Project and Rugg Road Paper!
Current and Upcoming Youth Arts Arise Programs
Past Youth Arts Arise Programs
June 2014 marked the first activities under the Youth Arts Arise banner. In the Treasures Forever after-school workshops, participants created plaques from 2- and 3-dimensional materials that they treasured, such as an old toy, broken keepsake or photograph. Summer 2014 offered two more Youth Arts Arise workshops (Recycled Paper Basket Weaving and What’s in Your Heart – Expression through Collage/Painting/Writing), as well as several Drop-in Arts and Crafts sessions for all ages.
The Youth Arts Arise team also brought arts activities (for kids and adults of all ages) to various community events throughout the summer and fall, including ArtBeat in Davis Square, SomerStreets on Highland Ave, our local neighborhood gathering on Hudson Street, SomerStreets/The Somerville Flea and Tufts Community Day.
Fall 2014 also marked the beginning of our after-school program. Participants met one afternoon a week and explored a range of themes and mediums in a series of workshops. The program turned out to be such a success that we expanded it; in the winter we offered workshops two afternoons a week and youths could sign up for one or both days. Some examples of workshops held so far are Expressive Self Portraits, Winter Mosaics,Graffiti Art and Visual Language of Film. (Click on the links for descriptions.)
Interested in becoming a Youth Arts Arise instructor? Click here.