Meet Our Studio Crew


Rafael Rodriguez

Rafael was born in Santa Rosa de Lima, a small town in El Salvador, and raised between the villages Copetillo y La Joya. He went to the schools in Canton Copetillo Caserio La Ermita and Canton La Joya. In 2013, Rafael moved to the United States so that he could find a safe place far from violence. He arrived in Maryland and enrolled in Northwestern High School where he discovered his love for art in Art 1 class his sophomore year and joined the Visual and Performing Arts Program. In his senior year, he attended the CreativeWorks job training program at Joe’s Movement Emporium. After graduating from Northwestern in May 2017, Rafael apprenticed at Art on the Block. His artwork not only reflects his life as an individual but also the lives of many other young immigrants to this country who work hard towards their dreams. Currently, Rafael is studying studio art at Montgomery Community College and has a studio at Red Dirt Studios. His goal is to become an art teacher and contribute through the arts to make a better life for the youth who are still in El Salvador by creating art about immigration injustices.

    Edwin Henriquez

    I am Edwin Henriquez. My artistic style of choice is graffiti and drawing. My goal is to go to Montgomery College and figure out what I want to do in life. And meet more artistic people so I can progress as a young artist. All I want to gain from this experience is to gain more opportunities.

    Julia Thompson

    I’m an English major who enjoys creating digital art. I wanted to intern at Arts on the Block to be a part of helping youth reach their creative potential in an interactive studio environment. As a communications intern for Arts on the Block, I continue to gain experience in social media and web design, while learning more about community art and mosaics. I am able to combine my love of art and writing through weekly communications projects, such as writing social media posts, creating a brochure and using graphic design.