About City Arts

Urban Arts Mentoring Program

The Urban Arts Mentoring Program is City Arts' signature education program. Through this year-round initiative, talented DC public school
students work side-by-side with professional artists to create large-scale public murals and mosaics. The students receive paid training, working on
high-profile projects for neighborhoods across the District. These projects enhance the quality of life for District residents and enliven their communities.

Participants in the program will also explore various aspects of public art creation, from designing community murals to exploring fashion as public art.

Participants will also develop their individual artistic identity while building their portfolios. A strong emphasis is placed on entrepreneurship within the art world.

Therefore, website development, marketing tools, and making art accessible to the masses will all be teaching points in this program.

The Urban Arts Mentoring Program will take place 3 times per week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 4pm-6:30pm at our studio located at
1857 Lamont St. NW. This year-round program
will begin on September 18, 2012. Our studio is equipped with a photo-darkroom, ceramic room and open studio space.


Students interested in the program should send 3-5 creative work samples and a statement of interest describing their interest in the arts, and how they feel this Apprenticeship will benefit them to byronpeck@cityartsdc.org. If the student does not have any work samples do not be discouraged. Send your interest statement and we will assess
your skills on site. All interested applicants should submit their interest statement no later than June 30, 2012. Spaces are limited but there will also be a wait-list of students if needed.

Read our Student Apprentice Feedback on the Urban Arts Mentoring Program.