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, the program enlists a cadre of entrepreneurial artists and design professionals who guide students through every step of the artistic process, from conception through execution through the marketing of ideas and products. Participants receive invaluable feedback on the aesthetics and business of art.
The capstone of the workshop is typically a public exhibition and sale, where the young “artpreneurs” market the functional art they created, from jewelry to housewares to ornamental lighting – all made from recycled materials.
Said one ARTpreneur participant, “I used to think starting a business would be too much, but now I think it’s possible. Knowing that people want to buy our stuff is great.”
ARTpreneurs is currently supported by grants from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Donors inVesting in the Arts (DIVAs) and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.