Practice and Apply Skills
Arts Street’s three-pronged program delivers arts and creative learning linking the Arts to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).
The third piece of the program are Team Jobs. Arts Street partners with government and business to create innovative, paid internships for youth on projects that serve the community. Designed like any professional contract, these jobs allow participants to experience working as a team to meet a client’s goals.
- workforce training Access Gallery of Very Special Arts Colorado: 16 adolescents with varied abilities received pay checks, worked as apprentices to professional artists, produced marketable art for the Gallery and for Art-o-Mat machines, gained art skills and learn entrepreneurial practices.
- Art Exhibition Training: Youth were employed to prepare displays and planned the event for our Third Annual Art for Ransom exhibit and auction.
- Community Mural Painting: A youth team prepared the Ode to Japan painting project, which drew more than 1,000 participants at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a project funded by an SCFD Collaborative Grant.
- Art Walk of the Art District on Santa Fe: Arts Street and partner, CVA of Metro State College, set up our mobile classroom and invited people to experiment in Chalk Up the Lot, Paper Die Cutting, Wearable Art, Jewelry, Printmaking, and Mural Dueling, and taught Suminagashi and Sand Mandala Painting, Felt Jewelry Making, and Origami Frog Racing.
- Cinebites: Arts Street alumni produce an annual short-film film festival with local video producers.
- Media Squad continued to impact youth positively in the Day Reporting Program, a “last-chance”, 8-week program for adolescents to help youth in the Denver Juvenile System avoid incarceration.
Arts Street serves, primarily, the lowincome, at-risk population with creative experiences and without tuition fees. Ninety percent of the children we serve are from inner city Denver, who receive free or reduced rate lunches at school, or attend free summer programs. About 25% are African-American, 37% Latino/Hispanic, 3% Asian and 35% not self-identified. Many of them have had little or no arts training and are hungry for more arts participation. The Arts Street educational programs are interdisciplinary, integrating the arts into STEM to provide a richer and more effective learning experience.