We work with
youth in challenging circumstances—whether that be poverty, neglect, or the
presence of violence, drugs and other social issues in their lives—to ignite
personal transformation. Learning about themselves, their gifts, and their
community enables our young people to be catalysts for change who can
communicate powerful messages and start important conversations through their
art, be it visual, literary or
performing. Our intention is to
show young people that their thoughts and feelings are valid. That they are valid. That they can make positive changes
in their own lives and in the community by sharing those thoughts and feelings.
We want to help them realize and believe in their own potential and grow to
become capable, creative adults with something valuable to contribute.
ART 180 is grateful for the generosity of the Richmond community. Your monetary contributions enable us to meet the needs of underserved youth who need a safe place to express themselves. You can help us with financial support, by volunteering for us, introducing us to your friends, attending our Open Studios (January each year) or The Big Show (late May/early June each year) and supporting our young artists.
ART 180 was founded in November of 1998 by Kathleen Lane and Marlene Paul, new friends who shared backgrounds in communications. They organized a steering committee in the spring of that year, decided on a name and did their first project (a mural) in July, incorporated in November, and received their IRS nonprofit status the following June.
Each semester, ART 180 works with qualified local artists and our site partners to design and lead 12 or more semester-long programs, typically with 10-15 young people per class. Our programs take place in schools and at community centers and youth clubs in out-of-school time. Our primary service area is the City of Richmond, but we engage young people from the surrounding counties and have offered programs as far away as Goochland. Programs meet once a week for up to two hours, where youth learn technical skills and experience different art forms while exploring issues that affect them and their communities.
ART 180 currently reaches more than 300 young people between the ages of eight and 18 annually. We deliver roughly 750 hours of programming a year, with each young person experiencing at least 25 hours of active engagement in supervised activities in any of our programs. Our artist program leaders propose themes and projects that allow participants to respond creatively, whether through visual, literary or performing art forms. Working individually and collaboratively, young people discover their own unique abilities and strengths and learn to communicate thoughts and feelings and create artwork that speaks to their experiences. Every young person is given the opportunity to share his or her work during a public showcase in which they are recognized by the community for their creativity and their courage in expressing it.
ART 180’s Atlas-based programming designed to reach teenagers includes:
• Teen Leadership Council: The Teen Leadership Council brings 20 teenagers from across Richmond together at Atlas each week to cultivate leadership through creativity and community involvement. Designed to continue engaging youth who experienced ART 180 in their middle school years, the Teen Leadership Council furthers personal development on many levels by using art as an outlet for expression in a place where the teens are safe to build trusting relationships with our staff, teaching artists, and each other. Each young person is also paired with an adult mentor.
Additional Atlas-based programming designed to reach teenagers includes:
• Bimonthly Art Workshops: Every 2nd and 4th Friday, ART 180 offers stand-alone, two-hour art making activities designed to introduce young people in the community to art and ART 180. These drop-in sessions make art accessible to youth whose schedules do not allow them to commit to the weekly programming, or who may be unsure about their level of interest.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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