Archive for November, 2014

September Newsletter

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News from Arts on the Block: fall edition
Dear Supporter,

Fall is in the air! It’s a favorite season around AOB — bright new faces abound and fresh artwork is underway.  Check out what we’ve been doing and what’s ahead — and don’t forget to Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay on top of All Things AOB!

Yours in art,

Jan Goldstein
Executive Director

Annual Wine Tasting is October 18

What would fall be without our annual AOB Wine Tasting Gala?  Spend a Saturday evening with friends old and new discovering new wines, shopping the silent auction, unleashing your inner mosaic artist and supporting the young people of AOB!  Join us from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at the Johns Hopkins University Rockville Campus.Read more; buy tickets!

A Stellar Year for Common Ground

In April, County Executive Ike Leggett led Common Ground andtheir families in a series of projects for the Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace community. From the “Lighting the Way Home” prelude to the “Shine Bright” culminating event, the community received new mosaics, pop-up performances and a very special video. Read more, see event pics and watch “immigration Stories” here.

DC Debut for AOB a Resounding Success

Fifteen creative young people in DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program joined teaching artist Sonal Sheth and AOB alumna Danielle Hedquist in migrating our signature Pour Your ART Out workshop into the District this summer! Taking up residence at  Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery, they created beautiful address plaques, wall hangings and tables.  We were assisted by partnerships with Urban Alliance (job-readiness trainings), the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery (behind-the-scenes tours of exhibits and meetings with staff) and Urban Alliance (our intermittent host).

The project’s conclusion was celebrated in style August 7 by bringing together the DC and Montgomery County Pour Your ART Out apprentices and their families and more than 100 guests.  Many thanks again to our wonderful sponsors, partners, participants, staff, volunteers and guests for making this inaugural DC summer such a resounding success!

Welcome New Staff Members

AOB is pleased to announce the appointment of our first-ever Deputy Director, Clayton Evans. Clayton brings to our organization a wealth of experience in the arts and youth development, having spearheaded programs and organizations in and around New York City before moving to the DC area last year. We are also excited to welcome teaching artist Sarah Noreen Hurtt to AOB who masterfully led our Pour Your ART Out workshop in Kensington this summer, and other talented teaching staff who will be working with us beginning this fall. Read more!

Welcome to Our Newest Board Members

A thundering “welcome” to our newest board members Gianna Arnold of Saul Ewing LLP; Elizabeth Geare of Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. and AOB alumna Aselin Lands, art teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools.  A fond farewell to communications wizard John Boit, who is off to New England; we miss him already! Read more!
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Apprentices in the Pour Your ART Out summer workshop in Kensington created these delightful mosaic stepping stones.  Wouldn’t they look great in YOUR yard? Bid on these and many more unique handcrafted items at the Wine Tasting silent auction on October 18!
Apprentice Allyson T.
Apprentice Justin H.
Apprentice Julia D.
Apprentice Jennifer E.
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