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Youth Arts Arise

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

Spring registration for Youth Arts Arise is now open! The winter session for our FREE after school arts program for students 11-16 will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5pm,  April 5th through June 21st (excluding April 19 and 20).  Classes run through June 15th with a showcase the following week on June 21st.
To register, either pick up an application from the office or click here: YAA Form, Spring 2016
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 but have not secured any yet.  If you’ve enjoyed the program, please consider making a contribution – any amount helps!  You can donate online at (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 January!


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 PortraitsWinter Mosaics,Graffiti Art and Visual Language of Film. (Click on the links for descriptions.)

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