Enriching Youth & Communities Through the Power of ArtArts on the Block is the only organization in the Washington, DC, area offering youth of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn first-hand about the intersection of art, design, and business by engaging in real-world projects. Today, more than 250 AOB apprentice-created projects — from park benches to large-scale murals — grace public and private spaces throughout the area. Hundreds of youth around the region are learning the value of self-expression, the importance of dedication and collaboration, and the benefits to themselves and their communities of Arts on the Block programs.
Since its founding in 2003, Arts on the Block’s mission has been to empower creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures and contribute to the quality of life in their communities. AOB achieves its mission by providing real-world experiences in the arts, educational guidance and entrepreneurial training geared to their unique capabilities.
Each goal of Arts on the Block is firmly fixed on the success of students and apprentices. AOB strives to:
- Provide high quality, on-the-job training through various artistic media in a year-round arts-based program;
- Operate within a positive youth environment framework, providing professional mentoring and other reinforcements aimed at strengthening participants’ developmental assets;
- Increase public awareness of the importance of the arts and arts education;
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