Arts for Learning WNY is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for their Spring 2024 ArtWorks program. Since its inception, ArtWorks has hired over 300 teens from Western New York. The ArtWorks program addresses the need for youth to develop skills in a real-world work environment, and builds core competencies that are needed in today’s economy. High school students are encouraged to apply to become a paid apprentice.
Apprentices will learn to become creative and innovative participants in the 21st Century’s competitive economy and gain important skills in problem solving, communication, leadership, responsibility, critical thinking, and collaboration. ArtWorks not only inspires students to succeed, but also ensures they have the skills to do so.
ArtWorks, is a multi-disciplinary, arts-based job training program for Teen Apprentices ages 14-18, residing in the City of Buffalo. For the semester, a cohort of apprentices will engage in both arts activities and projects, led by a Teaching Artist, and professional development days to learn workforce readiness skills. The semester will consist of professional development and art workshops, guest speakers, and off site trips to various Buffalo-based arts and cultural institutions or post-secondary institutions. The semester culminates with a showcase wherein students create, exhibit and perform original works of art.
Throughout the ArtWorks program, apprentices will not only be paid to create, but throughout the program students will:
Work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
Discover hidden strengths
Learn job readiness skills
Participate in career exploration workshops
Participate in college readiness workshops
Learn from professionals in the community
Perform and/or exhibit works of art
Learn decision-making skills
Practice public speaking
Learn about financial wellness
Build friendships with students from different schools
Participate in performance reviews and feedback sessions
Learn why the arts are important to a community’s identity and success
The ArtWorks program Spring session will be from February 26th, 2024 - May 22, 2024, Monday - Wednesday, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
ArtWorks would not be possible without the generous support of our community partners, The Garman Family Foundation and Rich's!