About Arts on the Block:

Arts on the Block is the only organization in the Washington, DC, area offering youth of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn first-hand about the intersection of art, design, and business by engaging in real-world projects. Today, more than 150 AOB apprentice-created projects — from park benches to large-scale murals — grace public and private spaces throughout the area. Hundreds of youth around the region are learning the value of self-expression, the importance of dedication and collaboration, and the benefits to themselves and their communities of Arts on the Block programs.
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Pour Your ART Out Apprenticeship » Our flagship arts apprenticeship program engages high school students in managing real-world art projects for paying clients.

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Community Partnerships » Resident youth visually transform their neighborhoods, under the direction of community leaders and AOB staff, while raising community pride and developing leadership skills.

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Excel Beyond the Bell » AOB delivers out of school time visual arts programs to middle schools encouraging students to use  art to take risks, develop creative outlets, and exercise their voice.

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Explore-Create-Connect » Our after-school collaboration enables incoming 6th graders to create compelling works of art using visual art, dance, poetry and film to answer essential questions through inquiry-based learning.

Whether they pursue careers in the arts or in another field, participants are better prepared for success in their careers as a result of their involvement. Through their experiences with public art, apprentices also develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments -- accomplishments that will remain visible in their communities for years to come.