Art180

[ We are artists, writers, musicians, poets, dancers and everyday people working to create change in young people’s lives through art. ]


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A key part of ART 180's mission is to give young people a voice in the community. We accomplish this partly through products that present their creative work and that inspire other people to express their creativity. Sale proceeds benefit future ART 180 programs.

If you are in the Richmond area and want to save some money on shipping, we encourage you to stop by the ART 180 office (114 W Marshall St Richmond, VA 23220) in Jackson Ward and purchase the products in person. We are always pleased to see you! Plus, you get a behind-the-scenes look at the magic that is ART 180.



Artists Coloring Book

Produced by Chuck Scalin with assistance from Matt Lively, the Artists Coloring Book features work from 30 artists - 11 from the original 1969 edition with the addition of 19 noted Richmond artists. 11x14, perfect bound. Set of signed prints in custom engraved box set also for sale. Learn more.

$59 not including shipping & handling


Bag O' Art

Three girl scouts—Lucy Diggs, Matty Pahren, and Morgan Baxter—raised $10,000 to make 500 of these "Bags O' Art." With support from Virginia Commonwealth University design student, Jessica Stevens, each bag is printed with the custom "Bag O' Art" logo and filled with an abundance of art supplies and their original creative companion guide, the "Book O' Art". You can now have a little bit of ART 180 wherever you go. It's great as a gift for the special young person in your life! Bag includes Book O' Art, colored pencils, kneaded rubber eraser, lead pencils, modeling clay, pencil sharpener, and sketchbook. Learn more.

$25 not including shipping & handling

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Book O' Art

TThis little book of creative prompts came about when three Girl Scouts in Richmond, Virginia, brainstormed ideas for their Silver Star project. The 13-year-olds created this companion activity book to exercise and build your creative muscles. It is included in the Bag O' Art above and sold separately here. Learn more.

$10 not including shipping & handling


2015 ART 180 Calendar

This perfect desktop calendar fits perfectly in small spaces. Inspired by quotes from young people in ART 180 programs and illustrated by local artist Sarah Hand, our 2015 calendar serves a dual purpose: to keep you on track throughout the year and to inspire your inner child. Printing and collating donated by Zooom Printing and Finish Line Die Cutting. Learn more.

$5 not including shipping & handling


If You Were a Food, What Would You Be?

The ART 180 community cookbook features 180 contributed recipes, along with food-related stories from local celebrities. You can see it in stores around town or buy your own copy here! Thanks to Kim Smith for curating and Elizabeth Coffey for designing the book. Learn more.

$20 not including shipping & handling


Dear Me

Celebrating our 15th anniversary, Dear Me is a project where 52 adults from throughout the Richmond community wrote letters to their 15-year-old selves. Our Teen Leadership Council then interpreted these letters through mixed media collage. The letters and artwork have been turned into a deck of cards for you to share individually, as a gift, or for talking points when guests visit. 5x7 cards in a brushed metal box. Learn more.

$20 not including shipping & handling


I Am: A Celebration of Identity

Four Richmond, Virginia, artists worked with children at Crestview Elementary School, dubbed the "little U.N. of Henrico County Schools" for its ethnic diversity. This book features the creative work of 19 children participating in the project. 52 pages, 8" x 12" perfect bound. Learn more.

$10 not including shipping & handling


Life is fun… but not if you carry a gun.

Life is fun but not if you carry a gun is a series of illustrated poems written by young residents of Gilpin Court, a public housing community in Richmond located near the historic Jackson Ward community. For many of them, their words represent their first exposure to poetry. For many of us, they represent our first exposure to their world. A world made up of pizza and God, fear and basketball, popcorn and dreams. Learn more.

$10 not including shipping & handling


QuoteWorthy Notecards

These 10 blank notecards—featuring quotes from young people in ART 180 programs—promote the simple joy of sending and receiving snail mail. Use them to celebrate a special occasion, make a new pen-pal, thank a friend, or just say hello.

Two versions available illustrated by either Sarah Hand or Aijung Kim. Learn more.

$20 not including shipping & handling

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Squiggles: Grandma’s Big Breakfast & 99 Other Drawings

Armed with Sharpies and sketchbooks, local artist Matt Lively collected 100 squiggles from folks across our fair city, then got to work outsmarting all of his challengers, turning their squiggles into delightful drawings. We’ve compiled these drawings into a mini-book for your perusal and pleasure. Designed by Chris Romero, paper donated by B.W. Wilson. Learn more.


$10 not including shipping & handling


WDYSF? Book

We have created a handy souvenir for our beloved traveling art exhibit, "What Do You Stand For?" that took place back in 2012. We've turned the whole exhibition into a full-color, pull-out postcard book! Each book contains all 31 portraits in post-card form, perforated for easy tear. The inspiring artist statement from the sixth-grade portrait painter is on the back with space for your personal message. Whether you keep it intact or send the postcards out in the world, this mini-book is sure to leave a smile in your heart. Learn more.

$10 not including shipping & handling