Last year, over 11,000 individuals experienced the joy of creativity thanks to AWN, which offers affordable, high-quality arts education to people of all ages and in all stages of life. At its ADA-accessible art center in Hyattsville, Maryland, AWN infuses its programs with social justice, placing accessibility and equity at its core. Toddler Time and preschool programs provide art classes for young creators (ages 0-5) and their caregivers; day and weekly camps, a licensed after-school program, and school partnerships engage students in STEAM learning year-round; teens and adults with disabilities develop creative talents through individual and group classes; and a new Creative Aging initiative helps older residents grow artistically while it supports their mental and physical health. Thatís in addition to quarterly classes in pottery, drawing, painting, and sculpture for all ages. Your investment helps even more people experience the transformative power of art.
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)
- In Hyattsville, another anchor for the Gateway Arts district - plus pizza!
Tue Jul 14 2015, Washington Business Journal
Art Works Now, which opened in 2010, has grown much faster than Johnson ever imagined.
- New art & pizza hub breaks ground in Hyattsville
Thu Jul 9 2015, Hyattsville Life & Times
At the July 18 groundbreaking of the new Art Works and Pizzeria Paradiso, the excitement surrounding the upcoming art center and pizzeria...
- Joint pizza, beer and art concept breaks ground in Hyattsville
Wed Jul 17 2002, WTOP
When it opens in the spring of 2016, the community will have one-stop access to art classes, camps, special events, and yes, pizza.
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