AWN offers affordable, high-quality arts education (in-person and virtually) to people of all ages and in all stages of life last year, to over 11,000 individuals. At its ADA-accessible arts center in Hyattsville, social justice, accessibility, and equity are at the core. Toddler Time and preschool programs provide art classes for young creators (ages 25) and their caregivers. Daily and weekly camps and school partnerships engage students in STEAM learning year-round. Teens and adults with disabilities develop creative talents through individual and group classes. And free Creative Aging classes support older residents' mental and physical health while helping them grow artistically. Quarterly classes in pottery, drawing, painting, and sculpture for all ages round out the offerings. 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)


Budget (FY2023)

  • $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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