• Thank You for Joining the Ride – Help Us End the Year on a High Note
    Dear Friends,Every year at this time I am given the opportunity to express my gratitude for all that you’ve done to support the work we do throughout the year. In reflecting on the year that is coming to a close, I’m doing a lot of mental sorting. How do we talk about all the good that has happened while acknowledging the challenges?Because we are in such challenging times, it’s more important than ever to celebrate goodness and hope whenever we can. And that’s why I’d like to take this opportunity ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, December 20, 2017By Barbara Johnson
  • The Making of a Public Artist: Celebrating AWN Alum Harper Matsuyama
    Along the streets of Prince George’s County, drivers and passers-by are greeted by beautifully decorated traffic signal boxes. As part of a public art project by The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation to enhance the visual landscape of the community, 11 metal traffic signal cabinets were transformed with designs representative of community, identity, and character. With the help of local arts and county professionals and the public’s vote, five designs were selected from four Maryland artists, including Hyattsville’s very own Harper Matsuyama. Harper Matsuyama's Traffic Box. Located at Adelphi Rd & Toledo ... Read More
    Published on Friday, August 11, 2017By Jazmine Johnson
  • These are dark days….Literally.
    These are dark days.Literally. The darkest days of the year.Meteorologically, we are approaching the winter solstice, the longest night here in the northern hemisphere.In 21st century America, we greet this long night with a variety of rituals that are influenced by our spirituality, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, biorhythms, and who knows what.I am always captivated by the Christmas lights that adorn the front yards of our community. When I was a child my family made sure that, on one night during the holidays, we would drive around and look ... Read More
    Published on Monday, December 19, 2016By Barbara Johnson
  • 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
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