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


Each of our programs fosters a relationship between an artist (or artists) and a small group of young people. Projects are custom-designed based on the artist, his or her interests, the group's interests, and the site.

For each program we partner with an organization committed to serving children in need: We offer ongoing enrichment opportunities that would otherwise not be available; and they offer the support of counselors, staff, and knowledge that comes from years of experience working with the children we serve.

From time to time we'll pull together a single, defined art event for young people. For National Night Out, for example, we helped kids cover a city street with chalk drawings; another year we videotaped their wishes for their community.

For a list of our community-based partners and programs, click here.

Atlas-Based Programs (ART 180's Art center for teens)

All teen programs take place at Atlas, ART 180's art center for teens, located at 114 W. Marshall Street, on the corner of Brook Rd. and Marshall St. Any questions should be directed to Michael Zetlan, Program Manager for all Atlas-based programs, at or 804-233-4180.

Personal baggage
Mondays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
January 23-March 20 (8 weeks)
As you change, certain things are left behind and other things you bring with you. This class is going to have conversations about personal development and students will design and sew their own backpacks that they will fill with the essentials that they need to "survive" on a daily basis, apart from food and water. No previous experience needed!

Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
January 24-March 21 (8 weeks)
A Hip-Hop based workshop exploring the origins and histories of Hip Hop from two of its nine elements: Emceeing (mastering ceremonies, language and rapping), and Djing (the art spinning records at parties, break beats, scratching and sampling) as artistic strategies resolve interpersonal and communal conflicts. No previous experience needed!

Recyclable bling
Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
January 25-March 22 (8 weeks)
Through the construction of wearable artworks students will consider the many facets that constitute the self (such as the mind, the physical body, and the self in relation to others.) In addition to thinking about the self in relation to others, students will be prompted to consider how they relate to the social and environmental eco-systems they inhabit through the use of repurposed or recycled materials.

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Self-Advocacy Through Art

Our new Self-Advocacy program works with youth trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline to sharpen their advocacy and leadership skills, share their experiences through creative expression, and mobilize communities for change. The program brings incarcerated youth together with artists and advocates to produce media campaigns and mobile exhibitions designed to spark dialogue and inspire action on the causes, impacts, and alternatives to the school-to-prison pipeline. This program is in partnership with Legal Aid Justice Center and was inspired by the Performing Statistics project. It is supported by the Robins Foundation's Community Innovation Grant.

View artwork and learn about the process at

Learn about the advocacy campaign at