In Providence, like in many other cities in our country, young people—particularly low-income youth and those in communities of color—are systematically denied access to high-quality, creative learning opportunities. This climate, alongside current economic trends, means that organizations like New Urban Arts are under increased pressure to meet students’ learning needs in the arts. Our free, year-round out-of-school youth programs are an innovative response to that need.
Each year, we serve over 700 high school students, 25 emerging artists and 2,000 visitors to our studio, through youth programs, professional development workshops, artist residencies, public performances, and exhibitions.
783 students enrolled in our Youth Mentorship Program.
128 students actively participated in the studio each month.
15 artists (Artist Mentors) and 2 tutors (Study Buddies) volunteered to mentor Providence area high school students.
225 hours of summer programming offered paid internships in the arts for 24 youth.
The Participation Index is an equation to assess studio usage that takes into account how the number of active students correlates with the frequency of their participation. We begin by tracking student participation daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly. This information is then cross-referenced with student demographics.
Program Evaluation Reports please visit our Publications section to view our entire collection of yearly Program Reports.