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. As such, ¡CityArts! fosters creative thinking and expression, promotes positive social development, engages youth in public service and community, and provides sources of 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 and are limited in their exposure beyond their own neighborhoods. At ¡CityArts!, youth are encouraged to express, create, and grow! Click here to see the studios and to hear directly from the youth artists.
CityArts serves youth in a variety of ways and through several programs and partnerships:
¡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.
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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. Through year-long collaborations with classroom teachers, and additional after school programs, teaching artists and youth explore Design Thinking based projects that combine art with science and math classes. 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.
Providence After School Alliance
¡CityArts! provides classes that serve students from several Providence Public Middle Schools through the Providence After School Alliance (PASA). Some PASA classes are offered afterschool on-site at ¡CityArts!, while others take place in the AfterZones at each school. Students sign up for these classes through PASA, at their school.
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Boys and Girls Club of Fox Point
To expand our reach to young artists in Providence, ¡CityArts! is working with the Boys and Girls Club to offer satellite classes at their Fox Point site. This year, we offered classes in Digital Photography, Painting and Drawing, Comics, Sewing, Songwriting, and the Cardboard City.