Save the Date: AOB’s March Open House

Written by Jess on . Posted in Events, Pour Your ART Out, Youth Apprentices

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.

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In Our Midst: Ms. Aselin Lands

Written by Jan on . Posted in Board of Directors, Pour Your ART Out, Youth Apprentices

Aselin nowWe are fortunate to have recently welcomed to our Board of Directors Aselin Lands, a visual artist, award winning educator and AOB alumna. Currently, Aselin is in her second year as an art and computer applications teacher at Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology in Rockville, Maryland.  A member of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Arts Collaboration,* Ms. Lands recently received the Maryland Art Education Association’s award as Novice Art Educator at the Middle School level for MCPS.

This artist who “thinks with her hands” and has been inspired most by Jackson Pollock, believes collaboration is the skill she learned during her time at AOB that is most applicable to her current work. “It is also a personal value of mine and it is embedded into my teaching philosophy,” she explains. In her classroom, she often discusses how art can be used to transform a community.  In addition, she endeavors her students with several collaborative projects to be installed around the school. Lands’ students work hard to be part of “something larger” and enjoy knowing that a great deal of people will see their work. Most recently, using her past travel to Athens as inspiration, she guided her students on creating an inspirational graffiti wall. As part of the design process they collaborated on one-word goal strategies — such as hardworking, focus, believe, and try — and held numerous discussions about graffiti and how it affects communities.

Aselin self-portrait

Ms. Lands’ message to today’s Pour Your ART Out apprentices is “Never doubt your abilities and always be open to taking the initiative.” She fondly remembers the large commission project she worked on while an AOB Apprentice Artist, the second phase of the expansive “Silver Pass” project in Silver Spring.  It was one of AOB’s first major public art projects, and encompassed much more work than the apprentices had anticipated. They made it through — often by singing plenty of songs — an insight worth sharing next time one navigates the underpass!  She stays in touch with her former AOB apprentices through social media and AOB events.

Prior to her work with MCPS, Lands spent several years at the Gary Rosenthal Collection in Kensington as a pivotal member of the glass art production and design team. She was “discovered” while an AOB Apprentice, after working with Suzanne Gartner and other Collection artisans, whose high praise is boundless.  During this time she also volunteered at Washington’s Children’s National Medical System in the Creative and Therapeutic Services Department, creating artwork with the patients in the emergency waiting room and dialysis ward. Lands also taught art to children of The Arc in their Town Hall Educational Recreation Center in a free Corcoran School of Art-sponsored after school program.

A Baton Rouge, LA native, Ms. Lands attended Benjamin Banneker Middle School and graduated from Springbrook High School in 2008  before obtaining a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and Master’s of Arts in Teaching at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC in 2013.  When not inspiring today’s youth, Ms. Lands likes to travel, take hula, kickboxing and yoga classes, and of course create her own works of art. We are so happy to have her expertise and enthusiasm as we continue to help young people shape the future one art project at a time.

* a joint MCPS and Montgomery County Education Association organization dedicated to collaborative problem solving on visual arts interests

Click here for a recent video interview with Aselin.

Aselin -- standing, back row, center -- on an AOB field trip to Philadelphia, 2008.

Aselin — standing, back row, center — on an AOB field trip to Philadelphia, 2008.

On tour with fellow artists in Greece, 2014.

On tour with fellow artists in Greece, 2014.


September Newsletter

Written by Jan on . Posted in Newsletters

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!
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.
Apprentice Cerina J.
Apprentice Natasha S.
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4218 Howard Avenue, Suite 3A
Kensington, MD 20895