#AOBHitRefresh Stories

It’s Time to #AOBHitRefresh!

Since 2003, Arts on the Block has empowered 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 youth’s unique capabilities.

AOB is reconnecting with old friends and making new ones by sharing our stories through social media!

Between April 1st and May 15th, our youth artists will share their artwork and AOB stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. AOB has also inspired board members, teaching artists, clients, and creative collaborators to commission artwork, donate supplies, host studio visits, and sponsor our programs who will also share what inspires them about AOB. AND You can read all of the stories below!


What makes AOB’s programs so unique and special? by Gretchen Schermerhorn 

…One apprentice introduced me to the group. I was struck by her ease and confidence as she spoke. The apprentices paid close attention, some of them even taking notes. They also followed up with great questions. They shared with me the art they are doing in the community, the challenges and the rewards of working in a team, and gave me some good ideas about working with clients.

Here I was, thinking that I was going to teach them, but as I drove home I kept thinking about what they taught me… Read more about Gretchen’s experience here!


Click on a box below to read more inspirational stories!

Flashback Backsplash by June Linowitz, AOB Board President
In His Own Words Edgar Alvarado, 2008- 2009 Alumni- Architect and AOB Assistant Teaching Artist
They Are So Worth It by Dawn Goodman Washington, AOB Communications and Development DirectorDawn - sm
Aselin Lands, 2007-2008 Alumni- AOB Board Member, Artist
A Walk Through Wheaton by Veronica Sloan, AOB Communications Specialist

Art Careers-Art Connections by Naomi Giddings, AOB Social Media Specialist & Designer
Where the HeART is by Anwesha Moitra, AOB Apprentice Artist
Jenae Matthews, 2010 Alumni-Children’s Illustrator & Graphic Designer
Jenai Carter,2010 Alumni- Interior Architecture/Design Student, Interior Design Assistant
I Learned… by Veska Rukmananda,PYAO Apprentice
Eirene Wang, 2008-2009 Alumni- MIA Candidate at Columbia University
LallyBear Bowl by Kathy Lally-Beares, AOB Board Vice President
We’re in This Together
by Anne L’Ecuyer, AOB Executive Director


Do you have an AOB story to share? We’d love to hear it!

Throughout spring, Arts on the Block will highlight the people, places and programs we love. Our goal is to #AOBHitRefresh on all of the relationships that make up our creative community. It’s spring, what better time to reconnect? Tell us your #AOBHitRefresh story!
You’re invited to post a story and tag #AOBHitRefresh any time during the campaign.
Join the fun, spread the word, and help us gain support for youth on the path to creative careers.

Donate to #AOBHitRefresh Today!  Learn More About AOB Programs!


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