At first glance, Washington’s public housing projects offer meager material for artistic inspiration. Boys living east of the Anacostia River often grow up without fathers, in neighborhoods plagued by poverty and violence. But at Life Pieces to Masterpieces, “Apprentices” use paint, canvas, storytelling, and poetry to discover the beauty – and potential – in their lives. LPTM annually serves 165 African American males (ages 3-25), combining arts instruction with human development programming to help meet their needs for love, security, and self-expression. After school, young Apprentices engage in exploratory art projects, character building activities, and one-on-one tutoring to improve math and reading skills, while the Saturday Academy helps high schoolers prepare for college and careers (100 percent of 2014 graduates are now enrolled in higher education). This year, the first class of Education Architects – former Apprentices and other men of color trained in LPTM’s holistic curriculum – will serve as teaching aids in DC schools, using art to transform young lives. This exceptional group does extraordinary work: won’t you become part of the picture?