Our work is inspired by the creative process of art-making and the exploration of ideas and concepts that shape our communities and everyday lives. ¡CityArts! fosters creative thinking and expression, promotes positive social development, engages youth in public service, social justice, and community. Our programs are designed to provide avenues for creativity, hope and inspiration—particularly for those youth who have little or no opportunity for consistent and affordable access to quality out-of-school time programs. At ¡CityArts!, youth are encouraged to express, create, and grow! Click here to see the studios and to hear directly from the youth artists.
Broad Street Art Center
¡CityArts! provides classes that are free to any Providence youth between the ages of 8 and 14. These classes take place on-site at CityArts’s Broad Street location during afterschool time (3:45-5:15 pm), school vacation weeks and summer. We have seven arts studios, where our students have access to dedicated space to support their creative endeavors. Our Broad Street facility is equipped with a variety of high quality arts equipment to support our diverse class offerings: computerized kilns, a MakerBot, printing presses, and a well-outfitted Media Lab.
AmeriCorps Turnaround Teaching Artist Project (TTAP)
Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth places AmeriCorps teaching artists in public schools to serve their community by enriching student learning through the arts. TTAP AmeriCorps members serve as resident artists in 3 turnaround middle schools: Governor Christopher Delsesto Middle School, Roger Williams Middle School and Gilbert Stuart Middle School. The TTAP program seeks to build a positive culture for school day learning and increase habits of student engagement through creating work that sparks curiosity and innovation. For more information, click here.
To expand our reach to young artists in Providence, ¡CityArts! works with the Boys and Girls Club and the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) to offer satellite classes at their Fox Point site. These are the same programs that take place at the Broad Street center. Classes are offered in Digital Photography, Painting and Drawing, Comics, Sewing, Songwriting, and the Cardboard City