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.
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.
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).
New Urban Arts awards fellowships annually to two established community artists and educators in a yearlong position to (1) support artist mentors who volunteer to mentor high school students in the arts, (2) bring their creative practice to our community art studio as an artist in residence, and (3) explore and share intersections and ideas across creative practice and community practice as a reflective practitioner and active presence in the New Urban Arts studio. The fellowship is a yearlong commitment of approximately 15-20 hours per week that begins October 1 and ends June 1, with an opportunity for a one-year renewal. Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend for their participation.
The Fellowship application period is now closed.
Click here to meet the 2012/2013 Fellows
New Urban Arts depends on the support of volunteers, participants, and donors to help provide free programs to our city’s youth. Volunteers gain work experience, deepen their connection to the Providence arts community, make new friends, and help New Urban Arts advance its mission to empower young people to develop a creative practice. There are a variety of artistic and administrative projects that volunteers complete to support our operations. New Urban Arts designs volunteer positions and internships to succeed through a well-defined commitment and mutually discovered, concrete objectives.
Download a Volunteer application from the Forms menu on your right. Completed applications can be mailed, submitted via email, or dropped off at our studio. We will contact you with more information about getting involved as volunteer opportunities arise throughout the year.