Youth Arts Arise

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What is Youth Arts Arise?

Youth Arts Arise is an arts education project for students ages 11 to 16.

Did we mention it’s FREE?

This FREE program is a great after school opportunity to explore  creativity in a wide range of artistic mediums.

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 16-19 will have an opportunity to become peer leaders and receive a stipend to assist the artist instructors on a rotating basis.

Upcoming Youth Arts Arise Programs

The spring 2017 session for our after school arts program will run from March 29th through June 7th (excluding April 18th and 19th). The showcase will take place either on June 13th or 14th. Workshops will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

To register, you can either fill in the All LanguagesYAA Form, Spring 2017 or pick one up in person from the office.


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Our Supporters:

This program is supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Big thanks to the Tufts Philantropy Class for supporting the program,  and  to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) for supporting Youth Arts Arise through the Cultural Investment Portfolio Projects (CIP) grant. And thank you to all of the generous foundations, individuals and donors who have given supplies and helped to make Youth Arts Arise a success:

  • The Somerville Arts Council
  • The Tufts Philantropy Class
  • The Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Boulter Lumber
  • Stanhope Framers
  • The Beautiful Stuff Project
  • Rugg Road Paper

Your Support Matters

Finally, we’d like to ask you to consider donating to the program to help it continue.  We’re approaching the end of our initial grant funding, and are seeking additional grants and have secured $2500 so far thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).

If you’ve enjoyed the program, please consider making a contribution – any amount helps!  You can donate online here (with a note that it’s for Youth Arts Arise), or send us a check with a memo that it’s for Youth Arts Arise (payable to Arts at the Armory, mail to: 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143).

Thank you so much, and we look forward to seeing you again in October!

Youth Arts Arise Timeline

June 2014 marked the first activities under the Youth Arts Arise banner.  We now run Fall, Winter and Spring semesters of Youth Arts Arise, along with a one-week  program during Summer.

Click here to watch the Documentary Youth Arts Arisers made in Summer.

Interested in becoming a Youth Arts Arise instructor?  Click here.