Saturday, November 29, 2014

" Youth Arts Arise" at the Somerville Arts Armory.

In the fall of 2014 Arts at the Armory launched a free arts education program for 11- to 19-year-olds called Youth Arts Arise.

This FREE program is a great opportunity the youth to  explore their creativity in a wide range of artistic mediums.

Workshop themes encourage self-exploration through investigation of the participants’ individual and cultural identity and exploration of other cultures, traditions, and diversity.

Youth ages 15-19 who are interested in pursuing a career in art will have an opportunity to become peer leaders and receive a stipend to assist the artist instructors on a rotating basis. Peer leadership will be an integral component of the program; it not only builds self-esteem in the older youth, but also creates role models for the younger participants.

Bridget Galway artist/arts educator, program coordinator will provide support for portfolio development for participants who want to submit to college art departments.

 Join us at the Armory on Monday, Dec. 22 from 6-8pm for the Fall Showcase: you can view all their work and celebrate their achievements!

Big thanks to The Boston Foundation for supporting Youth Arts Arise through a Vision Fund grant, Without  their support, it would be a shadow of what it is today, and what we hope to grow it to by the end of the year.

Arts at the Armory would also like to thank  Boulter Lumber, Somerville, Stanhope Framers in Union, The Beautiful Stuff project Somerville, and Rugg Road Paper for generously donating materials that supported various art projects and the showcase.

Also  to Whole Foods, Q’s Nuts, Shaw’s, Redbones, and JP Licks for generously donating refreshments for the showcase!

Current and Upcoming Youth Arts Arise Programs

This fall marked the beginning of our after-school workshops, and it has been a huge success! The classes have been running on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm, and the participants have been creating fantastic artwork. We are excited to announce the beginning of our Winter Semester registration! Winter workshops will run from January to March on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm. Tuesday and Wednesday workshops will be different, so you may register for one or both of those days. The deadline for winter registration is December 16. More information about registration can be found below.


Registration is per semester for all workshops. To view Youth Arts Arise program description go to, click on “ Learn”. You can see the description of the program and Download a registration form there, or pick one up in person at 191 Highland Ave., Suite 1A, Somerville, MA. If you miss the deadline and still wish to register, contact us via phone or email.

To view the line-up of artistic workshops posted so far for the winter semester, go to the website and click on “Events”, then education, type  Youth Arts Arise in search box.