Access Art delivers a youth-centered after school program to address the artistic, emotional, and cognitive development of middle and high school participants. We achieve these goals by providing students with a safe space to create, positive adult role models, empowering activities, leadership development, and alternatives to violence and high risk behavior. Since its inception, more than one hundred fifty youth have gained comprehensive knowledge and skills through the creative process and our arts-based programming aimed at giving participants not only tools like paintbrushes and cameras, but tools to help them in their journey towards success such as social skills, problem solving techniques, and a positive self-image.
Access Art now has two main programming components including Youthlight and Arts Now.
Youthlight is an award-winning and comprehensive forty week after-school photography and media literacy program designed to provide middle and high school youth access to quality, in-depth photography instruction, media literacy education, and leadership development. Youthlight empowers youth to document their lives, explore their creativity, and encourages them to engage as activists and leaders in their neighborhoods through photography and media creation. The participants in Youthlight utilize photography to become their own advocates producing unique images not only of the areas they inhabit, but of the dreams and perceptions that live within them.