CAQT Raingarden is Almost Complete!

The University of Maryland crew has been hard at work to make the LightScape Raingarden project a reality.  These images show the demolition of old play equipment, the digging for the rain garden, and the design, build, and painting of temporary benches to go onsite once the rain garden is complete. Undergraduate architecture student, Nicholas Przybocki and architecture professor, Ronit …

Interning at AOB

Interning at AOB By Julia Thompson, Communications Intern   At the start of my internship at AOB, my goals were to continue to gain experience in social media, graphic design and see how mosaics were made in the studio. I was able to achieve my goals and more! As an AOB Intern, I worked on social media campaigns, design projects …

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 some TLC.  Thanks to Amina Cooper, Public Art Manager and Curator for the Arts & …

East County Exhibits Strength

AOB projects and partnerships in East County are full of fun this summer. AOB partnered with Story Tapestries and Strathmore’s Bloom to host Amplify US open mic events this spring, and a free open-air screening of the movie Black Panther in Edgewood Park last month. Thanks to Jewru Bandeh, Director of the Eastern Montgomery County Regional Center, for helping us …

Help Design Our New Studio!

Ever wonder just exactly what happens in the AOB studio? How do kids with creative abilities turn into trusted team members able to produce beautiful mosaics? This is your opportunity to find out! On June 2, AOB will host a half-day event to help us expand our studio programs and prepare for our new space. Led by professional facilitators, participants …

Going Places, First Stop Japan!

We’re excited to announce our collaboration with Airbnb to create a Social Impact Experience for their Washington DC launch! To celebrate, we’re exploring art and travel, and sharing our finds with you – to start, we’re talking about Japa ac Naomi Giddings produced the illustrations for our spring campaign #GoingPlaceswithAOB. Recognize the iconic mountain (really a volcano) in Naomi’s work? …

AOB and Airbnb – Let’s Go!

AOB recently launched a new collaboration with Airbnb, the online platform that “lets you travel like a local”. Their Social Impact Experiences help travelers explore the people and places that make DC unique while giving back to the community as a whole. Airbnb promotes our workshops to DC visitors, and locals can join in too. Best of all, 100% of …

Amplify US! Performances Explore Home and Identity

Since 2008, we have worked closely with creative youth in East County to transform outdoor environments into great examples of community teamwork and local pride. You might remember the Turning Point mural and our now-famous mosaic staircases. Earlier this year, we hosted storytelling Open Mic Nights at Mankira Coffee in East County in collaboration with our amazing partners, IMPACT Silver …

US 29 Project Update

Our collaboration with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) dates as far back as 2015 when we were commissioned to create mosaics for several bus stop knee and seat walls. In 2017, PYAO youth were contracted to create thirteen mosaic medallions for stops along the RideOn ExtRa service on 355/Rockville Pike. Since then, this partnership has not only transported …

An EPIC Night!

Armed with seemingly simple design directions, “…the awards should express a glamorous, elegant style with a wow-factor,” our studio crew once again delivered stunning statuettes for Montgomery Community Media’s EPIC Awards. The 2018 EPIC Awards were held on April 25th at The Fillmore in downtown Silver Spring and hosted by CNN’s Joe Johns. Last year’s event honored journalists such as Juan …