New Urban Arts offers free after-school and summer programs for high school students!
Come to our studio at 705 Westminster Street! Take a tour! Get started right away!
For programs during the school year, fill out an Enrollment Form, or swing by the studio!
For Summer Studio programs, download an application, visit the studio, or call our offices at 401-751-4556 to have one sent your way! Interviews will take place at the beginning of June.
In order for students to have access to RIPTIK’s, we require a completed parent form. The parent form also has a consent and release section for photos and information.
If you would like to print out a parent form to return to us, you can access it here.
In the Fall of 2017, Central High School and New Urban Arts launched a new partnership to create an exciting and vibrant after school community at Central High School. To get involved with the NUA Knights afterschool program at Central High School, stop by Ms. Jacques’s office in room 163. You may also fill out the enrollment form in advance and bring it Ms. Jacques.
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 four 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
Click here to apply to be an Artist Mentor
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, please subscribe to our e-mail newsletter in the footer (below). 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.
New Urban Arts commits to reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, and both floors of our facility are wheelchair-accessible. To inquire about or request accommodations, please email us
or call (401) 751-4556.
New Urban Arts welcomes visitors. However, if you would like to visit during program hours, please contact us in advance
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