Common Ground

Empowering Self-Advocacy and Community Change AOB, in partnership with YMCA Youth and Family Services, Imagination Station and Gandhi Brigade and with funding from the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, has inaugurated a new, transformative program in Silver Spring, Maryland, aimed at bringing disenfranchised and disadvantaged youth into the community planning process. Called “Common Ground,” the program involves dozens of middle …

ARTpreneurs Workshop

New Pathways to Creative Expression Creativity knows no boundaries, but for many students faced with economic challenges, the means for creative instruction are often limited. To open new opportunities for the artistically inclined, Arts on the Block created the ARTpreneurs Workshop. Aimed at upcounty Montgomery County students and operating in partnership with Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove, …

Art in the Wild

Restoring the Past in Silver Spring Jul 24,2018 Comments Offon Restoring the Past in Silver Spring Over the next few months, AOB apprentices will learn first-hand about mural cleaning and conservation as we work to restore the Silver Pass murals located at the Georgia Avenue (Metro and CSX) underpass. The murals were originally created in 2006 are now in need of …

Where the HeART Is by Anwesha Moitra

Where the HeART Is by Anwesha Moitra, AOB Apprentice Artist This past school year I had the amazing opportunity to be an apprentice at #artsontheblock and it’s just been a great experience! From getting strange looks from security guards at the national gallery for tableau vivant, to smashing tiles with a hammer and making a mosaic from the pieces, AOB has really …

What makes AOB’s programs so unique and special?

What makes AOB’s programs so unique and special? by Gretchen Schermerhorn  Several years ago, Jan Goldstein invited me to talk to the AOB apprentices about possible careers in the visual arts. I gladly accepted, and practiced my story, that I’m sure included talking points like “You really have to work hard” and “You have to want it more than anything”. …

Welcome to Our New Executive Director!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Dawn Goodman Washington Arts on the Block 240.645.0730 aob@artsontheblock.com www.artsontheblock.com Arts on the Block Welcomes New Executive Director Anne L’Ecuyer Brings Wealth of Experience to Arts Nonprofit Kensington, Md. (December 7) The Arts on the Block (AOB) Board of Directors is proud to announce that Anne L’Ecuyer will become the nonprofit’s new Executive Director, effective January …

We’re In This Together

by Anne L’Ecuyer, AOB Executive Director Recently, I attended a meeting full of insight from a bunch of extraordinary people. Kind of business as usual for AOB 🙂 thanks for the invite Clayton B. Evans. It was fun to be in that sea of goodness. So many different kinds of people taking positive action on things that matter. It’s official …

Travelling Full Circle @ Zenith

Zenith Gallery Presents: “Traveling Full Circle” 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004 Exhibit Dates: Now through – January 5th, 2019 Featured Artists: Lisa Battle, Richard Binder, Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis), Renée duRocher, Anne Marchand, and Jerome Parmet.  AOB board member, Richard Binder creates three-dimensional metal sculptures in stainless steel and mild steel that convey energy, motion and strength. After retiring …

They Are So Worth It

They Are So Worth It by Dawn Goodman Washington, Development and Communications Director, Arts on the Block “Truth is; everybody is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” — Bob Marley   Shortly after joining Arts on the Block (AOB), I had the opportunity to assist in interviewing Pour Your ART Out (PYAO) summer apprentices. …