For more than a dozen years, Arts on the Block has been providing youth art programs in Montgomery County, and now DC is part of the picture. Through apprenticeships, after-school visual arts programs, and community work, it engages young people in projects that inspire and transform. Its Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace project brought students and the community together to identify and address concerns: mosaic-adorned stairs and a new lighting project are doing just that. The Community PARTnership concept is now moving to a neighborhood in the Briggs Chaney area. High school students from high-crime and low-income areas become apprentices in AOB’s Pour Your ART Out workshop. They earn a stipend while teaching artists and mentors help them work on commissioned art. They hone art skills, and learn patience, teamwork, and communication skills that will serve them in any career they choose. More than 150 of their works can be found in government agencies, schools, and businesses, and participants go on to be teachers, graphic artists, and architects. You can make an investment in their future.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; Wheaton; Kensington; Silver Spring; Eastern Montgomery County; Gaithersburg; Washington DC

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees; All

Schools They Work In: Montgomery Blair High School; Hubert Blake High School; John F. Kennedy High School; Northwood High School; Springbrook High School; Wheaton High School; Richard Montgomery High School; Rockville High School; Roberto Clemente Middle School; Neelsville Middle School

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   400
  • Public works of art total and annually created and installed:  
    150+ total/11 works of public art per year (some works have multiple parts)
  • Artistic and personal growth of our youth through a program period:   Up to 60 participants/program

Awards & Recognition

2017 Catalogue for Philanthropy designated AOB as one of the best DC-area community-based nonprofits

2013 Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley designated September 21 as 'Arts on the Block Day' in recognition of our 10th anniversary

2011 Nancy Dworkin Outstanding Service to Youth Award in “Organization” category

2008 The County Executive of Montgomery County Certificate in Recognition and Appreciation for creation of the “Turning Point” mural, a community arts landmark joining Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties

2008 Office of the County Executive for Prince George’s County Proclamation in recognition of the “Turning Point” mural

2008 Citation from U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen in recognition of the “Turning Point” mural

2006 Leadership Montgomery Give Where You Lead Award


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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Arts on the Block is: Less than $500k

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