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 2018 sessions for our after school arts program will run on March 28th through June 6th (skipping April 18th). Workshops will run on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.

To register, you can either fill in the Youth Arts Arise Spring 2018 Enrollment Form, or pick one up in person from the office.

Topics include:
Identity Web (Apr 25)
Mini-Zines (Jun 6)

Your Support Matters

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).


You can either write a check and address it to the Center for Arts at the Armory, or place cash (in an envelope both ways) along with the registration form, and give the envelope to the person in the cafe. You can address the envelope to Joy Jeha Education Programs Assistant and mention registration for the summer programs.


Please make check or money order out to the Center for Arts at the Armory and mail this and the registration form to:
The Center for Arts at the Armory, Suite 1 C
191 Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02143



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:


  Philanthropy Class



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.