Fall 2020 Update

All staff are working from home and the Youth studio will continue to be closed. All programs are virtual with the exception of RI Training School where we have started teaching in person again! We will continue to be working with Apprentices from Downtown and Nowell only this fall. Our latest project in the works…


Blackout Festival is a performance in protest created by youth that will be live streamed on our Instagram @as220youthThe festival is the final project of the Summer Jobs program Event Production Crew and we’re hyped to share it with you! Join us Friday 8/28 4-7pm on our IG. We have very limited space if you…

Summer Blog: Space Design Pattern Making

Space Design participants created patterns for their spaces they’re creating. They’ve been sharpening their skills on Procreate this summer, working on iPads from home with help from coordinators Simcha and Ysanel. Check out a few samples of the designs below!

Summer Blog: Program Design and Outdoor Painting

Last week, the summer job Program Design crew met at the historic Esek Hopkins Homestead where coordinator AM Andrade is an artist in residence. AM says, “these projects were performed as part of the grant research work they did. My crew learned what it was like to apply a resume, cover letter, and mock grant…

Jason Colon Talks ‘Art of Survival’ at RITS

From Dave Dvorchak on AS220.org Jason Colon is the Site Manager for AS220 Youth at the Rhode Island Training school – the state’s juvenile detention facility. Normally, staff at AS220 Youth teach classes on a regular basis with youth at the RITS but, due to the ongoing pandemic, access has been restricted as of late….

Summer 2020 Update

For summer employees: If you’re looking for job info, you can find it in the Summer page in the main menu. Big thank you to everyone who advocated for the city summer jobs! Our virtual jobs program started July 13 and we’re already off to a great start working remotely with 50 young people throughout…

Youth Studio Closed Through Spring Session

Following guidance from RIDE and the state, we have made the decision to keep our physical programming closed through the end of the Spring session. Spring session typically runs through the first week of June, followed by a planning period for Summer session. With this in mind, we have our sights on being back in…

NLA Arts Week Photography

Last week was the first ever virtual Arts Week! Nowell Leadership Academy students chose between Photography and Music Production/Songwriting crews to spend their week in. Media Arts Coordinator AM Andrade shared some of his students’ work from home. He acknowledged the challenges of creating the magic of Arts Week remotely, but had a great response…

Visuals Blog: Art Response

Visuals Apprentices have been creating work at home. One of their recent assignments asked them to respond to a piece of art found in a museum of their choice. The assignment was inspired by a recent social media trend of recreating famous works of art at home under hashtags like #MetTwinning #tussenkunstenquarataine #betweenartandquarantine and more….

RITS Blog: Photos & Poems

Some of our most talented artists are working from inside the RITS! Check out work from Winter session workshops with teaching artists AM Andrade, Devin Porter, and Saulo Castillo.