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  • Come As You Art Fall Fundraiser 2016
    It was amazing to see everyone at our annual Fall Fundraiser! With the generous support from our sponsors and community, Art Works Now received over $100,000 in cash and in-kind support for our young artists!Check out photographs from the event below!Want to find out about Art Works Now's Events? Fill out the form below to be added to our emailing list.  Name * Name First Name Last Name Email Address * Phone Phone (###) ### #### Thank you! You will be added to our… ... Read More
    Published on Friday, October 21, 2016By Juliana Molina
  • Hyattsville is Home
    Photograph by Juliana Molina This summer Art Works Now and The City of Hyattsville have partnered to bring art to the Seniors of Hyattsville, Maryland. Teaching artists Leslie Holt and Beth Baldwin meet every week with a wonderful group of seniors at the Hyattsville Municipal Building. Together they have explored portraiture, collage, sculpture, watercolor painting, and they are currently creating an illustrated cookbook!One Hyattsville Senior said, "I've loved doing the projects, especially learning about water colors and the different textures. I love tapping into my creativity because I can't draw… ... Read More
    Published on Thursday, August 25, 2016By Juliana Molina
  • S.T.E.A.M, Social Justice, and the Environment
    What did Art Works Now do at the Chelsea School? Photography by Juliana Molina Art Works Now facilitated the creation of three murals with students from Chelsea School and Parkdale High School. This project invited youth to develop and create public art with support from professional teaching artists. The project combined Common Core Standards, goals of the Whole Child Initiative, Best Practices in Art Education, and elements of Action Research to create a high quality art making experience with lasting results in the community.How did we bring together students from… ... Read More
    Published on Tuesday, June 28, 2016By Nehemiah Dixon III
  • Hyattsville Parade 2016
    Thank you to everyone that walked in the Hyattsville Parade with Art Works Now, especially Rhonda Dallas of Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, and all the families from Hyattsville Elementary School. ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2016By Juliana Molina
  • Turning 5!
    art matters gallery show, Personal Investigations, with art by students at Parkdale High School. Several days ago, I had the opportunity to speak with a group of young women who are students at Parkdale High School. These young artists are participating in an exhibition here at art matters, the gallery project of Art Works Now. Each of them chose a specific theme, studied that theme, and then created artwork around it.The work is extraordinarily moving. The young women chose themes including body image and domestic violence, and each of them spoke… ... Read More
    Published on Tuesday, March 22, 2016By Barbara Johnson
  • The TOMODACHI project
    Photography by Juliana Molina On an idyllic spring morning in March 2015, more than forty young professional women newly arrived from Japan as part of the leadership initiative called Tomodachi were the guests of the City of Hyattsville. The City created an exciting program where these young leaders met with local women in leadership and had the chance to share ideas and make lasting connections. Art Works Now was fortunate to be invited to this inspiring day and have the opportunity to provide an art workshop exploring many facets of… ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2016By Maggie Robinson
  • School Psychology Awareness Week, Connect the Dots. Guest Blogger
    Written by Aileen BeringerHanging 253 square tiles in a grid is no easy task; throw in a fever, antibiotics, cold medicine, and a lung destroying cough and the whole task becomes even more daunting.  In honor of hanging my first show at Art Works Now, here are 5 things I learned:1.) Assume nothing is level; not walls, floors, baseboards, nothing. Because that would just make everything far too easy.2.) Always take the extra time to find the level.  No matter how good you think you are at hanging things straight,… ... Read More
    Published on Friday, December 11, 2015By Aileen Beringer
  • Bringing in The Community.
    This year, the Art [email protected] team is expanding partnerships with our surrounding community to bring our local resources into the heart of our curriculum. We feel strongly that by using our community as a classroom we can develop the connections between our students and the Gateway Arts District to produce some of the most culturally relevant programming yet. What does it mean to incorporate the community into our classes? It means local chefs teaching fun nutritious lessons in our classrooms, students visiting urban farms for our gardening program, and regular classroom visits… ... Read More
    Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2015By Nehemiah Dixon III
  • So long Summer.
    Videos by Lark DixonIt has been a wild, wonderful, creative summer season. Take a look at some or all of the amazing moments that we caught on video! ... Read More
    Published on Monday, September 14, 2015By Juliana Molina
  • Founders Blog – Creative Day
    It’s been a little over a month since the Art Works board of directors approved the Creative Day Policy where full time salaried staff at Art Works are urged to work 72 hours, create or learn for 8 hours, and get paid for 80 hours per pay period.I have taken two creative days during this time. The policy is life changing.Turning off the world to actually do a Creative Day is not easy (at least in the beginning). But the results are magical. I am an artist and have been… ... Read More
    Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2015By Barbara Johnson
  • A day at Kids Create with POWER. Guest Blogger
    “I am using a Coping Saw on this 1¼” dowel, Mr. Nehemiah,” says Molly, who is 10 but will soon be 11, as she assures me.  Molly clamps the dowel to a 1”x4” base that was pre-drilled and is clamped to the table. She pointed to her sketch of the Beatles themed Marti Gras float she’s designed and explains her drawing to me, “This shows three vantage points: the top view, a side view, and a front view. This row is taller than that row so you can see all… ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, February 25, 2015By Nehemiah Dixon III
  • Give the gift of creativity.
    I learned early on that the role of the teaching artist is more about giving to my students than it is about lecturing at them. The reason to give is simple. When we give, we share our moment-to-moment experiences in the ways that we know how.  Whether we do it through story, music, or the visual arts, being in a place of giving opens up the possibilities for receiving. I learn from the children I teach, perhaps even more than they learn from me. I give all I have and,… ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, November 26, 2014By Nehemiah Dixon III
  • Just a Snippet
    A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. — Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiAs a new art educator at Art Works, I am thrilled to be working with the amazing children, parents, teaching artists, and community partners who have gathered around this small (but mighty!) art center that is growing exponentially each month.For example, last summer when my colleagues here learned of an opportunity to apply for a public art commission related to the environment, the first thing we thought about was, “How can we… ... Read More
    Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014By Juliana Molina
  • Founders Blog – The Dalai Lama and Pharrell walk into a bar…
    Today one of our world’s greatest spiritual leaders led the prayer on the Senate floor in Washington, DC.This is what His Holiness, the Dalai Lama said: With our thoughts we make our world.Our mind is central and precedes our deeds.Speak or act with a pure mindAnd happiness will follow youLike a shadow that never leaves.May there be joy in the world.With bountiful harvest and spiritual wealth,May every good fortune come to beAnd may all our wishes be fulfilled.As long as space remains,And as long as sentient beings remain,Until then may… ... Read More
    Published on Friday, March 7, 2014By Barbara Johnson
  • Founders Blog – Art Works @ School and Beyond
    How often did you paint or draw or sculpt as a kid?I asked myself this question today and I can’t really come up with an answer.I thought back to my experiences growing up in Prince George’s County attending Catholic school some years and public schools others. The images that flashed in my mind included hand turkeys and cotton ball clouds on blue construction paper.I got a flash of being in 8th grade and being chosen along with Donna Zanetti to create a paper cut out manger scene for the horizontal… ... Read More
    Published on Sunday, January 26, 2014By Barbara Johnson
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