Clayton Evans Receives Prestigious Award!

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Award-Winning Arts Organization Recognizes Work of Senior Staffer

KENSINGTON, MD (February 14, 2017) Clayton B. Evans, Deputy Director of Arts on the Block (AOB), was recognized by the Board of Directors of the Kensington-based nonprofit for his dedication to the organization as evidenced through his leadership in the year of executive transition, for his profound commitment to youth and community, as well as his gifted way of developing relationships that contribute to AOBs positive reputation in Montgomery County and the region.

“I am humbled,” said Evans, “It is an unexpected and true honor to be commended by such a wonderful and dedicated group of people who are thoroughly dedicated to our mission and whom I deeply respect. This is just further motivation for me to continue to develop quality programs that will serve our talented youth and their communities.”

Since June 2014, Evans has been instrumental in serving thousands of young people through the continued growth of AOB’s flagship Pour Your ART Out (PYAO) workshop, a teen arts apprenticeship program now entering its 14th season. His efforts have also helped to sustain Excel Beyond the Bell out-of-school time programs in two middle schools in Germantown as well as to introduce the innovative Explore-CreateConnect after-school arts program in East County.

“Every arts organization has a person or people who are the heart and soul of the operation,” said Anne L’Ecuyer, the new executive director of the organization. That is certainly true of Clayton. His eyes light up when he talks about what is possible for creative youth in Montgomery County and I trust his vision for how to get there.”
L’Ecuyer assumed the role of executive director in January 2017, succeeding Jan Goldstein who founded the organization and served as its leader for 14 years. As part of the recent staff changes, Dawn Goodman Washington was promoted to Communications and Development Director. The organization expects continued modest growth in the coming year.

About Arts on the Block (AOB): 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. Arts on the Block earned the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s “best community-based nonprofit” designation in 2012 and 2016.

For More Information: Dawn Goodman Washington Communications & Development Director (240) 645-0730


Howard Avenue Open Studios

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Howard Ave Studios Map

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Sunday, November 20th, 11am – 5pm
Arts on the Block Studio
4218 Howard Ave., 3rd Floor*
Kensington, Maryland

We are excited to be part of the Howard Avenue Open Studios Day taking place Sunday, November 20th. Visit the Studio anytime between 11 and 5 to check out our youth artists in action! Tour our space, meet our fabulous apprentice artists and staff, and learn more about the inner workings of AOB and our fantastic programs!

Help support our programs with a purchase of our youth artist created items! There will be work for sale and on display including:

  • Small and large decorative mosaic work
  • Mosaic pendants and keychains
  • Handmade greeting cards

Not able to come to the open studios? Consider supporting our programs with a donation during our Fall Campaign instead!

*Parking is available behind our building.

AND Don’t Forget to Spread the word!

“Through My Eyes” – Another Successful Common Ground Pop Up Event

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Common Ground: “Through My Eyes”

July 26th, AOB’s fifth annual pop-up event showcased another successful season of art making and civic engagement in the Carroll Avenue/Quebec Terrace (CAQT) community. In partnership with the Gandhi Brigade, the YMCA and the Trawick Foundation, Arts on the Block strives to achieve positive community change through the arts in this underserved Silver Spring neighborhood.

This year, in addition to spoken word performances and an expansive display of mosaic pavers and glazed window paintings, local teens shared their experience in helping to design a working rain and reading garden for the YMCA Community Center, featuring illuminated stepping stones they are creating for the final installation next year.

Learn more about  the “Through My Eyes” event and Common Ground, here.

August 2016 AOB Newsletter

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News from Arts on the Block: Summer Edition
Dear Friend,

The summer of 2016 has been a blast for AOB! Two incredibly successful Pour Your Art Out (PYAO) workshops produced eye-catching commissioned works at Busboys and Poets in the District, and Wheaton High School in Montgomery County. We wrapped up our first year of summer art classes in East County Community Center and our fifth Common Ground Pop-Up event, both in Silver Spring. Enjoy the highlights below.

And, thanks for all you do to support Arts on the Block!

Yours in art,

Jan Goldstein
Executive Director


“Parts to Whole”: A Warm Reception

Applause filled the Pepco Edison Place Gallery’ on July 13th. The AOB installation exploring the creative process featured Pour Your ART Out (PYAO) alumni and apprentice works in mosaic, mixed media, film, and canvas.“We love having Arts on the Block at the gallery. The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is dedicated to community partnerships that focus on youth and education. To know that, for the third year, AOB is in this space helping students create fabulous art and develop in entrepreneurship is amazing,” said Debbi Jarvis, spokesperson for the event’s Grand Sponsor and Pepco Holdings Vice President of Corporate Relations. “This is simply a perfect match.”

Award-winning journalist and AOB Board member I.J. Hudson hosted the interactive event featuring live music and art demonstrations. Speakers included AOB Founder and Executive Director Jan Goldstein, 2016 apprentice artists Autumn Spears (Washington, DC) and Maya Ward (Montgomery County). Additionally, Busboys and Poets Curator Carol Rhodes Dyson addressed the crowd of over one hundred who braved record-breaking heat to attend a great event.

Special thanks to all our “Parts to Whole” sponsors: Pepco Holdings; Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC); The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Maryland  State Arts Council; Busboys and Poets; MiCasa; Montgomery County Public Schools Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Share Fund; Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program; Catholic Charities/Archdiocese of Washington; Urban Alliance; Residential Mortgage Center; Art4Moore; and, Bourbon Bar & Restaurant.


“Parts to Whole” Featured Artist:
Whitley “Willow” Roca

In 2005, as a Montgomery County high schooler, Willow became a Pour Your ART Out (PYAO) apprentice and realized that becoming an artist could be a reality for her.

After her cohort finished AOB’s  first major public art project–a large mosaic section of the Silver Spring Metro underpass–she was hooked! Her time as an apprentice taught her to hone her artistic craft and to develop a strong and unwavering work ethic (getting your pay docked one time for tardiness proved a great life lesson). Willow’s creative process is largely inspired by nature which surrounds her since she relocated, in 2014, from Maryland to a 15-acre Tennessee farm. There, she and her husband are building a home from recycled materials and growing much of their own food.

Willow continues to create mosaics and offers this advice to aspiring young artists: “You have to be very committed. Do not let what may, in the moment, appear to be defeat or failure overwhelm you. You have to persevere to conquer obstacles and setbacks that get between you and your dreams.”


Trawick Foundation Awards “TeamUp” Grant!

The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, a committed supporter of local health, human service and arts non-profit organizations making a demonstrated impact in Montgomery County, MD, recently awarded AOB installment one of a three-year grant ($150,000 each) to lead an innovative after-school arts program entitled “Explore-Create-Connect” (ECC).

Along with ClancyWorks Dance Company, IMPACT Silver Spring and Briggs Chaney Middle School, AOB has created an experiential learning program enabling 40 deserving 5th through 8th graders to create artwork based on inquiry-based learning that will, then, be exhibited in Community Engagement Sessions throughout out the year.

Arts on the Block is incredibly grateful for the continued support of our mission and programs!


Alumni Profile: Terique Greenfield

Even in 2003, when Terique became an AOB art apprentice, he was determined to make the most of this opportunity to develop himself as an artist. He and his colleagues from the first cohort, worked hard to create a range of works in mosaic, canvas, and various digital mediums. 

That diligence paid off. Today, Terique is a composer for film and television and is preparing to become a recording artist.  “Arts On The Block was a crucial program in helping my artistic literary development,” he said.

Much of his creative process was honed at AOB as well. Said Terique, “You just have to be open to everything.  Allowing your mind to wander lets it bring in the puzzle pieces. Then, you have to chase down those puzzle pieces and put them together.  At the end, you hopefully have something that you like.”

Terique’s career and music are cataloged here.
To become a Pour Your Art Out (PYAO) apprentice, click here.


New to the Board!

AOB proudly welcomes local artist and real estate developer Michael Gross to our Board of Directors. Michael is a prolific painter and print maker. In addition to strong governance, we look forward to Michael’s guidance in strengthening the artistic components of our programs.

Additionally, the Board is actively seeking members with experience and passion in the areas of human resources, marketing, and fundraising. If you or someone you know is qualified to help our dynamic community-based nonprofit create greater artistic and entrepreneurial opportunity for talented teens, we’d love to hear from you. Please, visit our website or contact us at (240) 645-0730 to learn more.



Here are a few works from artists featured in “Parts to Whole: The Creative Process.” The full exhibit runs through August 4th at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery.

“To Fish for Compliments”
— Eirene Wang
— Jennifer Erazo
    “Sandy Hook”
— Rose Jaffe
“Untitled” Mosaic
— Whitley “Willow” Roca

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Kensington, MD 20895


AOB Reveals New ‘Knee Wall’ in Montgomery County

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County Executive Ike Leggett’s team and Arts on the Block staff and student apprentices unveil one of twenty mosaic designs on knee walls across the county. This one’s at the corner of Hungerford Drive and Jefferson Avenue in Rockville. Students from Rockville, Wheaton, and Richard Montgomery high schools competed to have their mosaics chosen.

“It definitely helped me out with team bonding, which was something I previously lacked in. So, getting an opportunity to work with others helped me out a lot,” sad Joanna Vigil-Coello, the student apprentice behind the newly designed knee wall called “Furry Ball.”

There are more than 400 knee walls in the county. They are designed to keep wheelchairs from rolling into busy streets.