Teen 360 Arts Institute is a city-wide, pre-professional arts program that offersteenagers youth-centered, experiential teaching and learning under the guidance of teaching artistswho are recognized practitioners of their craft, allowing opportunities for exhibition, study andmastery of a chosen art form.
is a program for middle school-aged students making the transition into adolescence (T=transitional). Sixth – eighth graders come for five feeder schools to attend the program each day. T-Steps members are enrolled in one of four of the “majors”: visual arts, athletics, dance or rhythm band. The classes meet daily and are taught by specialists. Members also sign up for a daily academic component, choosing between hands-on English Language Arts, math/science labs, homework assistance or LEAP test prep in the T-Steps library.
builds literary culture and community among diverse teens through poetry workshops, spoken word events, publications and educator resources. WordPlay teaches the craft of poetry and self-expression to teens and creates spaces where artistic and civic voices can be amplified. Mentor Writers conduct year-long residencies in middle and high schools and work with teen writers through after school programming. The teens in WordPlay gain valuable literacy and artistic skills through forums where their voices matter most.