There are millions of creative, vibrant young minds out there ready to take direction in their lives. It is our responsibility to engage them in positive activities allowing them to shape their own futures by getting actively involved and making the right choices. CITYarts empowers youth by giving them a voice and an opportunity to express their thoughts through the creative process; their shared visions unite them with young people in their own communities and around the world.
Executive and Creative Director CITYarts
CITYarts art education workshops and the actual creation of artworks, murals and mosaics are much more than an exciting event for these kids. The workshops teach art skills and allow their participants to see examples of artworks created by other young people from different backgrounds, and learn that they hold many common hopes for the world’s future.
The mural projects enable youth to work with diverse groups of community volunteers. Youth involved in our projects develop confidence and teamwork skills as they help transform their neighborhoods into vibrant, beautiful spaces. The project site becomes a place for them to meet, celebrate their achievements, and bridge cultural differences. Behind every mural, sculpture, and mosaic that we produce are the people who help make it possible: the children, the artists, the neighborhoods, the sponsors, CITYarts’ staff, Board of Directors and Advisors, the building owners and managers, and the volunteers that are almost too many to count.
Our programs belong to all of these people — they put so much of themselves into every piece. I feel like every project is a jigsaw puzzle. We are extremely grateful for your contributions. Your support enables us to help the next generation create a better world. After 46 years of helping youth to engage with their communities, I strongly believe that when kids create, they do not destroy.
Executive and Creative Director