Arts Aspire Programs
This college and career readiness program promotes strong leadership and job skills for youth and young adults ages 14-25. Arts Aspire activities provide opportunities that enable participants to use what they know, expand their knowledge, and benefit from invaluable on-the-job leadership experiences. Students will learn directly from working professionals from a variety of industries with opportunities to pursue internships or to receive mentoring. Community service hours and stipends are available.
Arts Aspire is a three-tier pyramid of experiences designed to allow youth to graduate from one tier to the next beginning in high school and continuing beyond graduation into college or another path. The three levels are tailored to the experience, interest and ability of participants as follows:
Teen Arts Ambassadors for ages 14-18
- General training in leadership and professional skills by working professionals and skilled artists
- Monthly group meetings, with option for weekly afterschool sessions
- Community-based outreach project
- Work-place experiences and community service hours in Center programs and events
Arts Associates for ages 17-18
- Project-based training in leadership and professional skills
- Shadowing, observing and hands-on experiences
- Gain leadership skills through direct contact with education programs
- Specialized training in multiple focus areas
- Stipends available for specific projects and events
Arts Apprentice for ages 18-25
- Internship-based advanced training program in a focused area of interest
- Hands-on, work-place experiences at the Center
- Increased responsibility in setting and meeting goals
- Hourly pay rate for specific projects
Each tier of the pyramid builds essential 21st century workplace skills through hands-on experiences in a fast-paced environment with kids, families and arts-minded people. Through Arts Aspire participants apply what they learn, expand their knowledge of working in the arts, and benefit from invaluable on-the-job experiences that develop their leadership skills. They also have fun along the way!
Arts Aspire is funded in part by an arts education grant from The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation.
Call 954.921.3274 for more information and applications.