AS220 Youth is a free arts education program for young people ages 14-21, with a special focus on those in the care and custody of the state. We offer workshops at three locations:
- our downtown Studio
- the Rhode Island Training School (RITS), the state’s juvenile detention facility
- the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (UCAP), a middle school for at-risk youth.
AS220 Youth has a membership system. Youth complete a membership application and when space is available, they begin participating at the Studio. In addition to taking all our classes for free, members begin building a portfolio with help from a staff advisor. AS220 Youth offers workshops in the Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Photography, Graphic Design, and Creative Writing, among other things. We publish a quarterly literary magazine called The Hidden Truth and run a Youth Gallery.
AS220 Youth works to connect youth with professional opportunities in the arts. We help organize gallery shows and get youth published. Many of our photography students work as assistants on commercial photo shoots. Our Visuals crew is hired to paint murals in public spaces, and ZuKrewe, our hiphop group, performs all over Rhode Island.
AS220 Youth works hard to maintain long-term, supportive relationships with youth transitioning out of the RITS and DCYF care. We offer mentoring, transitional jobs, and financial support to the youth who need it the most. To learn more or to take a tour of the AS220 Youth, get in touch with Director Anne Kugler at firstname.lastname@example.org.