First Day of Summer Jobs!!

The first day of summer jobs was July 12 and the dance crew already had a choreo ready for us – we weren’t even ready for all this talent they brought on day one!! Dancers are Bernie Harte, Ari Benoit, Sarya Nheb and Jordan Page. Video courtesy Steven Choumm, Dance Instructor.

Art & Justice Crew at the Printshop

For the last few weeks, our crew of Art & Justice Community Organizers have been working on the art project element of their work. Today we want to highlight some of the work happening at the Industries Printshop! AS220 Youth’s Art and Justice Community Organizers (AJCO) is a paid workforce development program. This spring has…

A Day at Work on the Murals

Follow our new Visual Design Instructor Al on a journey through the evolution of this mural piece for Futureworlds! Lily and Kego created amazing flowers  and patterns for the sides!!  Ronnie created the galaxy clouds and stars  We talked about influential artists such as  Yayoi Kusama and Jean Michel Basquait We added a Sun and…

Performing Arts Crew welcomes guest artist Christopher Johnson

On 2/11/2021 We had Christopher Johnson join us a Virtual Guest speaker! The Performing Arts Program joined VIsuals & Media to listen to Christopher Johnson speak to the youth about the writing process, being anti-racist as well as talk about the creation of his future play about the Hardscrabble riots in Providence, RI.Youth got to ask…

Investigating Nick Cave with guest artist Dana Helwick

Last week, Visual + Media Arts and Performing Arts joined to meet Dana Helwick from Art21 and The Glitter Goddess Collective. Dana is a visual and performance artist, educator, and coordinator for the Art21 Educators Program.  Our teaching artists have worked with Glitter Goddess and Art21 content over the last couple of years, using contemporary…

Visual + Media Arts Blog: Portraiture

These two weeks are critical in re-inspiring us to continue our self-identity and -exploration work. Coming off of our FutureWorlds conversations on the monetization of Black people, in the Fall session, we learned a lot about ourselves and how important self-love and care is. We used portraiture, which is a form of art that was not always…

Crew Blog: Apparel Design looking forward to Winter session

At the start and end of each workshop, we take breaths and center oureselves in the work we do together. We also open space to talk about whatever we’re feeling that day and discuss what’s happening in the program.  Week one felt like a successful session with the youth. We worked on patching pieces of…

Nowell Academy Arts Week

Last week, Nowell Academy students participated in their first Arts Week of the school year. This was our second pandemic Arts Week and this time students had the option to do online or socially distanced classes. Dance, murals, and photography met at Nowell’s new combined campus downtown. Yoga/meditation and graffiti crews met in online classrooms….

Nowell Family Paint Night!

Instructor Ysanel Torres led a fun Halloween themed paint night for families of Nowell Academy students last week. Site Manager Miche’le Fontes said, “Ysanel killed it! She made transitioning an event that so heavily relies on in person energy and brought it to the virtual realm and it was fantastic! ” We look forward to more…