About AOB

exp_project_bannerFor youth in the Washington, DC, area who are passionate about art, Arts on the Block is a place to learn about the creative process, to experience the world of a working artist and develop a better understanding of themselves and their community.

For people who appreciate the transformative power of art and a desire to support the work of talented youth, Arts on the Block delivers tangible results; beautiful handcrafted artwork, from small decorative objects to large public installations.

Arts on the Block empowers young people to imagine and shape fulfilling futures. Youth who participate in AOB grow to become:

  • Creative individuals who know and believe in themselves and their gifts;
  • Conscious and skilled creators of future opportunities in education, careers, and life;
  • Responsible and respectful human beings;
  • Valuable and effective team members and leaders;
  • Active contributors to their communities and society.

Whether they pursue careers in the arts or in another field, participants are better prepared for success in the adult world as a result of their involvement . Through their experiences with public art, apprentices also develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments — accomplishments that will remain visible in their communities for years to come.

AOB has been awarded a prestigious Nancy Dworkin Outstanding Service to Youth Award for its “dedication, vision and service to children and youth.”

Arts on the Block continues to be featured in the Catalogue for Philanthropy, representing some of the best smaller nonprofits in the Washington, DC, area ranked by distinction, merit and impact.