HELP AOB MAKE OUR STUDIO TRAINING AVAILABLE ONLINE

About the Project

When COVID-19 temporarily closed operations in the Arts on the Block mosaic studio, our crew knew just what to do -- stretch and adjust! It's a core principle of our teaching studio and a skill we practice every day to meet the high expectations of our commission clients and our own aspirations as artists.

In the first week of the shut down, we faced a huge design challenge -- how might we transition our professional art studio that makes large-scale mosaic murals into an online, remote working environment without losing the fun, teamwork, and productivity that our apprentices and crew enjoy every day? 

Pulling from more than 17 years of studio learning, the program team built an online curriculum rich in professional skill development, advanced artistic training, and design work projects -- almost overnight -- and spent the first week carefully troubleshooting with our crew to make sure we were on track with their needs. Through every step, we were guided by a focus on the health and wellbeing of our creative youth and a desire to keep the experiences, inspiration, and connections we feel in the studio alive in these days when we have to be apart.  

As the timeline for remote work is extending, the team is now focused on building upon that robust learning and working environment for the high school-aged youth in our summer apprenticeship program. We’ll offer exciting artistic challenges, advanced lessons in design, practical professional skill-building, and expert support for next steps on their creative paths. When all this is over, our effort to build the online environment will make the in-studio experience even more powerful!

We are ready to make it happen! But we need support to cover the costs of new technology, staff training, and to keep the whole crew on payroll at a time when much of our commission-based revenue is on hold.

Luckily, we are a long-standing grantee of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and we qualify for the limited matching funds available through this campaign. Every dollar you donate today will be matched up to our $10,000 goal until the funds run out. 

It's time-sensitive! Making your donation right now helps us get the match!
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As always, AOB's mission is to empower creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures, join the creative workforce, and contribute to the quality of life in their communities. We achieve our mission by providing real-world experiences in the arts and entrepreneurial training geared toward opening new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. 


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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$10,046.32 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 31 days ago
  • Donate $25 or more

    This wearable memento in the color palette of our Creative Champions mural will forever remind you of the time you pitched in for creative youth! Your $25 is matched by the campaign, so $50 goes directly to support the online studio programs.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $75 or more

    Be the first to receive the latest creative work from the AOB studio - a gorgeous set of block-printed greeting cards handmade by our studio apprentices. Your $25 is matched by the campaign, so $150 goes directly to support the online studio programs.
    Amount over $25 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $125 or more

    A unique chance to experience our mosaic workshop in the comfort of your home. We'll ship you the materials then send a special code to sign on to a live tutorial guided by our studio crew! Your $125 is matched by the campaign, so $250 goes directly to support the online studio programs.
    Amount over $45 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Limited matching opportunity! The first twenty donations of $250 are matched by the campaign, so $500 goes directly to support online studio programs. Become a Creative Collaborator in our new studio at half the price!

    1″ x 3″ handmade inscribed glass tile and a VIP invite to our opening event. Learn more:

    https://www.artsontheblock.com/creative-champions-centerpiece/
    (17 of 20 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    Limited matching opportunity! The first ten donations of $500 are matched by the campaign, so $1000 goes directly to support online studio programs.. Become a Bold Studio Backer of our new studio at half the price!

    1″ x 6″ handmade inscribed glass tile, a ticket to a mosaic workshop, and a VIP invite to our opening event.

    Learn more: https://www.artsontheblock.com/creative-champions-centerpiece/
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$46.32 to go. Every dollar helps.
$10,046.32 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 31 days ago

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