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  • COMMISSION PUBLIC ART| We have extensive experience in creating beautiful, commissioned public art work!
  • BUY OR COMMISSION ART WORK| We create beautiful custom art for the home or office!
  • EXCEL BEYOND THE BELL| Explore student excellence in after school arts!
  • CARROLL AVENUE QUEBEC TERRACE| Discover how youth are lighting the way to community change!
  • POUR YOUR ART OUT| See what's new with our flagship program!
  • EXPLORE-CREATE-CONNECT| Learn how youth are addressing community needs through art!

Enriching Youth & Communities Through the Power of Art

Arts 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 150 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.

Pour Your ART Out ApprenticeshipDSC03321 1MB copy » Our flagship arts apprenticeship program engages high school students in managing real-world art projects for paying clients.


An AOB Apprentice Artist leads community youth in laying tiles for the staircase designCommunity pARTnerships » Resident youth visually transform their neighborhoods, under the direction of community leaders and AOB staff, while raising community pride and developing leadership skills.

Excel Beyond the Bell » AOB delivers out of school time visual arts programs to middle schools encouraging students to use  art to take risks, develop creative outlets, and exercise their voice.

Explore-Create-Connect » Our after-school collaboration enables incoming 6th graders to create compelling works of art using visual art, dance, poetry and film to answer essential questions through inquiry-based learning.