As our foundational program for under-served and at-risk youth in Brooklyn, we use the arts to promote positive self-image and provide social development for the youth of New York City.

We provide not only arts, but entrepreneurial education for children between the ages of 11-17 in NYC. Typically running six to ten weeks, our programs include visual/fine arts training, and entrepreneurial curriculum developed by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

Our local artist-teachers, in addition to being trained in the arts, are certified to teach the NFTE curriculum, and are also waiver service providers for the New York State Bridges to Health program. This gives them a unique set of skills to handle the sometimes challenging needs of at-risk youth. Through a hands on approach to visual/fine arts, we can provide courses in a variety of artistic media, including:

  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Jewelry Making
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Spoken Word
  • Wearable Art

In addition, we collaborate with community agencies, cultural institutions, and take students on field trips to local museums and galleries to ensure that their education extends beyond the classroom.

Our programs culminate in a final exhibition of the students work in the communities we serve. As owners of their work, and budding entrepreneurs, we work with the most ambitious students to price and promote their artwork for sale. Beyond the final exhibition, teachers are encouraged to create a mentor-men-tee relationship to help our students continue to grow and thrive post-graduation.

PROGRAM benefits

  • Empowered youth with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit/outlet in the community
  • Development of a new set of skills to help students succeed outside of traditional academic subjects
  • An outlet for students to express themselves in a constructive manner
  • A mentor who can provide support and positive reinforcement for personal growth

If you have or know of children who could benefit from our Artz Biz Kidz program, please contact us and we can discuss the process for getting a class up and running in your neighborhood.