Last year, nearly 12,000 individuals experienced the joy of creativity thanks to Art Works Now. Infusing art with social justice, Art Works Now creates most of its programs in response to requests from the community. Summer camps, day camps, drop-in sessions, and Saturday classes take place regularly at its art center in Mount Rainier, Maryland, while community partnerships bring art wherever it is needed most – into youth centers, schools, and affordable housing communities. All programs address local needs and are offered at low or no cost. At Toddler Time, parents network and relax while young artists explore creative play. School projects integrate art with the Common Core to engage students academically and improve test scores. Studio classes for teens with developmental disabilities use tactile experiences to strengthen physical and cognitive skills, while community programs inspire collective artwork that examines social justice issues. What’s next for the organization that does it all? A bigger, better facility so that even more people can access the transformative power of art. Your investment can make it happen. $500: 2 weeks of summer camp for 1 child; $1000: 1 year of classes for a student with developmental disabilities; $5000: 1 year of weekly art classes for a partner school

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 8; MD-Prince George's County; We are based in Mt. Rainier, but our students also come from Hyattsville, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Cheverly, Greenbelt and Washington, DC (especially Wards 4 & 5). We also provide services through the Community Preservation Development Corporation in Ward 8 of Washington, DC.

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Students; Disabled

Schools They Work In: Hyattsville Elementary School; Thomas Stone Elementary School; Chance Academy

Awards & Recognition

Citation from The Maryland General Assembly to Art Works Now and Pizzeria Paradiso in recognition of our Groundbreaking Ceremony. (7/18/2015)
Award for service from Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary (March, 2014)
Proclamation from the Town of Mt. Rainier for our Groundbreaking Ceremony (7/18/2015)


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Art Works Now is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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