Art @ Work: Upton - artist credit: Megan Lewis | photo credit: Nate Larson
photo credit: Nate Larson, artist credit: Megan Lewis

Produced through a partnership between Jubilee Arts, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and Youth Works, Art @ Work is a five week artist apprenticeship program employing 80 young adults every summer to work alongside professional artists to produce a series of public art projects in their community. The goal of Art @ Work is to introduce teens in Baltimore City to career opportunities in the arts, offer gainful employment in a positive work environment, and provide opportunities for creative expression through the arts, all while beautifying the community.

Participants canvass residents to source ideas for their designs, develop design presentations and present their designs in a public forum as part of their process for creating the artworks. Apprentices also take part in a circuit of workshops including workforce development, financial literacy, as well as leadership development in areas such as public speaking and community organizing.

Since its inception in 2015, the Art @ Work program has employed 160 teens and successfully completed 18 public art projects in two participating neighborhoods: Sandtown and Upton. The program brings together over 40 cross-sector partners each year, including small businesses, faith-based organizations, city agencies, public schools, nonprofits, and foundations. Lead artists have included Herb Massie, Megan Lewis, Julie Anne Horton, Ernest Shaw Jr, Michael A Thomas Sr, Iandry Randriamandroso, Amy Sherald, Paula Phillips, Gary Mullen, and Ignacio Mariño Larrique. Art @ Work: Sandtown was a finalist for the 2015 Americans for the Arts Robert E Gard Award.