Arts on the Block

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Arts on the Block (artsontheblock.com) empowers creative youths to imagine and shape fulfilling futures, join the creative workforce, and contribute to the community through real-world arts and entrepreneurial training. Youth apprentice artists work with established artists/mentors on commissioned artwork to build enduring change in themselves and their communities.

Headquartered: Silver Spring

Serves: Metro region

What a donation buys:

• $500 provides professional art portfolio materials and training for one apprentice.
• $1,000 pays for a tablet and WiFi hot spot for one apprentice in Arts on the Block’s online studio.
• $2,500 covers Block Talk, a conversation with creative leaders.

Volunteer opportunities:

• One day: Be a virtual volunteer and host an online fundraising event.
• Weekly: Serve as an artist advocate (an industry professional who acts as a guide/mentor).
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• Internships