Whether you’re interested in becoming part of New Urban Arts, or would just like to stop by and say hello, our doors are open! Our storefront studio is located at 705 Westminster Street, in Providence’s West End. During the school year, we’re open weekdays, from 3 to 7pm. 

Enroll As A Student

Meet new friends and Artist Mentors! Participate in arts workshops after school for free! Learn ways of creating art that you will take with you for the rest of your life! If you are a Providence-area high school student, you are eligible to participate in New Urban Arts’ free after-school arts programs. Registration is open year-round. Our Youth Mentorship Program runs from October through May, and we offer several Summer Programs, each year.

Come to an Orientation Session! In addition to completing an enrollment packet, join us for one of several mandatory orientation sessions offered at the start of each program year. It’s a great way to learn more about our youth-led community and to sign up to work with an Artist Mentor of your choice. Check our Studio Calendar (in the menu on your right) or stop by the studio, to find out when the next orientation session will be.
 
You can download our current Studio Calendar and Student Enrollment Form from the menu on your right. Completed forms can be dropped off at the studio, or filled out in person, weekdays between 3 & 7pm.
 

Apply to be an Artist Mentor

Each fall, New Urban Arts selects 20 Artist Mentors to participate in our after-school programs. Arts mentoring at New Urban Arts is a wonderful opportunity for artists and educators to work with high school students in a community setting. In the past, Artist Mentors have been college students, graduate students, and/or artists from the community. Emerging artists are preferred. Because New Urban Arts emphasizes peer-to-peer and participatory learning in our studio, artist mentors must be able to connect on a personal and artistic level with teenagers. 

Artist Mentors must be caring individuals, willing to learn, open to taking risks, and able to commit eight hours per week during an entire school year. Concurrent with their mentoring hours, mentors participate in a professional development program to support their growth as artists and educators. We also offer Artist Mentor positions through work-study programs in eligible universities (which require an additional two hours per week).

Click here to meet some of our prior Artist Mentors.

Volunteer

The most significant way to volunteer at New Urban Arts is as a mentor in our Youth Mentorship in the Arts Program. Consistent with our mission and our approach to youth development, the mentor selection process ensures that youth choose the adults who enter our community as artists and educators.
 
Occasionally we have other volunteer opportunities. However due to our limited capacity as a small community-based organize, we are rarely able to support sustained volunteer relationships outside of the mentoring program. Please consider these concerns before writing to propose a volunteer project.
 
In the meantime, if you have not done so already, please subscribe to our e-mail newsletter. This way, you will hear about events, new programs, and any calls for short-term volunteer projects.
 
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at other organizations in Providence, RI, please explore opportunities listed through Serve Rhode Island here.