ART 180 gives young people in challenging circumstances the chance to express themselves through art, and to share their stories with others. Since 1998, the nonprofit organization has worked with youth in the Richmond area to create art that explains and illustrates their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Partnering with other organizations that serve young people, ART 180 designs projects that allow for self-expression, and creates venues for this expression in the community. The name reflects their vision of turning lives and communities around 180 degrees. ART 180 also operates Atlas, an art center for teens and gallery space for young people in Jackson Ward.
Atlas is located at 114 W. Marshall St. in Jackson Ward and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
114 W Marshall Street Richmond, VA 23220
New teen art exhibition, Step Into My World, opens at Atlas
ART 180 hosts an opening reception May 5 for First Fridays
Step into My World, an exhibition featuring personalized handmade bags, wearable art made from recycled materials, and original hip-hop music, opens May 5, 2017, and spotlights ART 180's most recent projects fostering creative expression.
Teens were inspired to create handbags following conversations, led by instructors Lindsey Pritchard and Sydney Vick, about personal development. They turned those discussions into backpacks that they designed, sewed and filled with the essentials that they need to "survive" on a daily basis, apart from food and water.
The exhibition also features constructed wearable art made from found and recycled materials in a project led by Adriane Dalton and Byerly Young. The pieces represent each young person's interpretation of the social and environmental ecosystems they inhabit.
"[The wearable art workshop] taught me something new. I learned that recycled materials are better for the environment."
- Chloé Hagins, 15
Meanwhile, hip-hop artists Maurice Jackson and Billy Nguyen explored the origins and histories of hip-hop focusing on emceeing and DJing as artistic strategies to resolve interpersonal and communal conflicts.
ART 180 will host an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 5, from 6-9 p.m. during RVA First Fridays. The reception is family friendly, open to the public and features an all-ages activity. During the event, participants in the hip-hop workshop will perform their original music at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The show will remain on display at Atlas, ART 180's art center for teens, through May 27. Atlas is located at 114 W. Marshall St. in Jackson Ward and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
On May 21, we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Jonny Z Festival! Can you believe that this annual festival has been a Richmond tradition for nearly a decade??
We're so excited to see all of our friends--and Jon Zanin's friends and family--come together in honor of his artistic spirit for the 10th Annual Jonny Z Festival.
It will truly be a day to remember, and and to celebrate his birthday a day early! Come join us at Hardywood 12-6 p.m. for a gathering of art, music, community and friendship.
For more information about the 10th Annual Jonny Z Festival,Click Here
THE REALLY BIG SHOW: May 24, 2017
ART 180's Annual Family-Friendly Showcase in Jackson Ward
RICHMOND, VA - Young people from across the Richmond area will come together on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 5-7:30p.m. for ART 180's annual celebration of youth voices and showcase of their visual and performing art. The Really BIG Show brings together people from throughout the city to experience artwork created by young people in our spring programs at a dozen ART 180 sites, and celebrate their creativity. The event is free and open to the public and includes presentations, art activities and food trucks.
The Really BIG Show takes place at Abner Clay Park in Jackson Ward, on Brook Road between Clay and Leigh streets. Parking will be available on the street and in several open lots around the area. The following projects and community partners will be recognized:
- Everyday Super Hero Capes - St. Andrew's School
- Mixed Media Community Sculpture - St. Joseph's Villa
- Revealing Your Inner Story (3D books) - Charterhouse School
- Comic Books - Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center
- Cycles (animation) - Richmond Juvenile Detention Center
- The Met in RVA (fashion design)- The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
- Happy Place (landscape painting) - Northstar Academy
- Fiber Art Animals - Binford Middle School/ Communities In Schools (CIS)
- 3 Sources of Inspiration (painting) - Lucille Brown Middle School/CIS
- The Meaning of Wellness (performances) - Fairfield Middle School/CIS
- Folding Through Inspiration (origami) - Wilder Middle School/CIS
- Rhythm Ensemble (performance) - Redd Elementary School/CIS
Quotes from our young people:
"I was really scared and then after I read my book, I felt very supported and very welcome and that really changed my feelings."
- Delilah Lucy-Pryor, Age 10, Redd Elementary
"I felt great to share my ideas and drawings with other people and felt really proud of myself. I also felt a little silly."
- Ayanah Hanks, Age 11, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
"I felt good and extremely proud of myself and confident like I could do it over and over again."
- Stephanie Monett, Age 19, Charterhouse School
ART 180 teen leaders will join forces with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to transform the Garden into a living tapestry of natural art.
Our teen leaders' installation, exploring themes of environmental justice, identity, and place, will be one of 12 installations featured at the Garden in a community art experience called Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas.
Their creation will be viewable at Lewis Ginter from May 26 to Oct. 1.