Arts on the Block receives a $10,000 NEA Challenge America Award

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Arts on the Block receives a $10,000 NEA Challenge America Award  

Will fund a Wheaton High School project

 KENSINGTON, MD.   February 4, 2016 — Arts on the Block (AOB) is proud to receive a $10,000 Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The grant will help underserved students in Montgomery County develop their passion for art and gain valuable workforce skills to help them achieve career goals.

NEA’s Challenge America awards support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Arts on the Block offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

AOB will use the grant to launch the “Claiming the Courtyard” project within its flagship Pour Your ART Out (PYAO) program where teen apprentices artists will design seven mosaic tile inserts for courtyard benches that are part of the new Wheaton High School campus construction.   The benches will reflect the school’s cultural diversity, openness and spirit.  The nine-month project will complement Wheaton High’s project-based teaching and learning that is a core component of the school’s curriculum. Two of these mosaic tile designs will be fully constructed by August of 2016.

Jan Goldstein, Arts on the Block Founder and Executive Director said, “We’re very excited to receive the NEA’s Challenge Award.  It’s going to help our young artists develop their talents, learn more about the intersection of art and business and give back to their communities.” PYAO apprentices have created 150 commissioned artworks that are on display in government buildings, businesses, homes and neighborhoods throughout the DC-Metro area.

AOB is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving local Maryland communities for the past 13 years. For more details about AOB and/or this project, please contact us at 240-645-0730, aob@artsontheblock.com, www.artsontheblock.com,  or Facebook http://facebook.com/artsontheblock.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEAFall15. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov.

 

 

Pepco Edison Place Gallery Hosts “Lifting Off: Teen Artists Take Flight, Make a Difference”

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Thursday, August 06, 2015, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 Eighth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is now hosting “Lifting Off: Teen Artists Making A Difference,” which features new artwork created for the Kids with Food Allergies Division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

The exhibit also includes a work in progress to be installed at the Union Kitchen under construction in the northeast Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Ivy City. The mosaic piece is intended to bring awareness to the power of food and art to create culture, community and employment opportunities throughout the District.

The exhibit was developed by Arts on the Block (AOB), which provides job training through the visual arts to creative youth in the D.C. area. The artists are in residency, which gives visitors the opportunity to meet and watch the apprentices creating art. The artwork is a collaboration of the participants in AOB programs over the last 12 years and individual artworks by AOB alumni and a dozen Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program enrollees, who are guided by teaching artists Sonal Sheth and Athena Corbin.

The exhibit will close with a reception 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, catered by Union Kitchen featuring Union Kitchen Members Dirty South Deli, Quickstep Catering, and Haute Saison.

The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is open with free admission noon to 4 p.m. each Tuesday through Friday and is located at 702 Eighth St., NW, Washington, DC. For more information and updates, visit www.pepco.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at PepcoConnect, and download our mobile app at www.pepco.com/mobileapp.


Pour Your ART Out – DC transforms the Pepco Edison Place Gallery into a creative workshop for AOB’s Apprentices to learn and work. The show features pieces of AOB artwork as well as artwork from some of our Alumni. To learn more, visit the PYAO-DC page.

Thank you to Union Kitchen for supporting our community’s youth, their empowerment, and Arts on the Block!

Reception Menu

Seasonal Vegetable Crudite
Black Bean Hummus | Cucumber Mint Yogurt
Brought to you by Dirty South Deli

Tea Sandwiches
Curry Chicken Salad
Radish | Cucumber | Chive Butter
Brought to you by Quickstep Catering

Baby Pies
Apple | Blueberry | Pecan
Brought to you by Haute Saison

Beverages
Seasonal Iced Tea
Still and Sparkling Water

Pour Your ART Out MC Informational Open House

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Wednesday 20 May 2015, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Arts on the Block Studio
4218 Howard Avenue, Suite 3A
Kensington, MD 20895

Join us at the Arts on the Block Studio to learn more about the Pour Your ART Out program, tour the studio, see a demonstration of the mosaic art process, speak to a former PYAO apprentice, and ask questions. Students, teachers, and parents are all welcome! PLEASE RSVP by Tuesday, May 19th at 5pm by calling at 240-645-0730 or emailing us at aob@artsontheblock.com

Parking is available and refreshments will be served.

A Very Fond Farewell to Board President Phil Zipin

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Every now and then Mother Luck shines down on you—and we were so graced when we first met Phil Zipin in 2004. AOB (while under the umbrella of Montgomery Youth Works) was commissioned by our landlord in the Silver Spring Metro Plaza to craft holiday gifts for all the tenants, one of whom was Phil’s law firm. He was so taken with the mosaic vase he received that when we approached him with the prospect of creating a mosaic sign for his firm’s office, he quickly recognized a “win-win” opportunity in such a commission, and worked with our apprentices on a unique hybrid design of the Statue of Liberty and the Scales of Justice – practically driving our apprentices crazy!

A few years later in 2007, when we were looking to become a self-standing nonprofit and needed an attorney, Phil joined our advisory board and graciously helped us draft our bylaws and begin the application process for our new status. When “independence” came in 2009, this baseball enthusiast and Philadelphia Phillies fan was drafted for the role of President. Despite his rigorous work schedule and commitment to many other pursuits, Phil was a model AOB president, spearheading the governance of the organization for four years, never once missing a board or executive committee meeting. An amazing ambassador and advocate, Phil shared his fondness for AOB with friends, colleagues, and other would-be supporters. “AOB turns graffiti artists into graphic artists, and doodlers into designers” he would tell people. This was Phil’s AOB elevator speech, so succinctly painting the picture of what AOB is about. Phil supported the organization in other ways as well — “gifting” friends and silent auctions with AOB artwork and commissioning artwork for his own home and office.

We have been so blessed that this son of a remarkably gifted artist and art professor found in AOB the chance to give back to the creative young people so much like his own father. We wish this extraordinary man infinite success as he continues his career in employment law and in his new role as Co-President of the Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD.

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Phil’s commissions:

Zipin Law commissionPhil's peacock commission

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Phil!

 

Save the Date: AOB’s March Open House

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March Open House!

Saturday, March 28th,12pm – 3pm
Arts on the Block Studio
4218 Howard Ave., 3rd Floor*
Kensington, Maryland

Visit the Studio on March 28th to tour our new space, meet our fabulous apprentice artists, make your own mosaic design, and learn more about AOB!

There will be work for sale including:

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

*Parking is available behind our building.

Spread the word!