About us

Artspart programs build art knowledge, artistic techniques, fine motor skills, language, cognitive skills and confidence 


ARTSPART is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to engage  youth/at- risk-youth and first time offenders within the Baltimore City and County juvenile justice systems in enriching interdisciplinary activities in an arts centered program. We believe that the arts really can have an impact on youth. Not

only can such program aide in enhancing young peoples’ attitudes about themselves and their futures, but the programs also can increase their

academic achievement and decease delinquent behavior. The program

will also target truants, because it is an early sign of a problem behavior.

ARTSPART will operate with full and part time staff members. In addition, a Governing Board made up of  community leaders and local artist will operate to provide overall sanctioning of the program’s operation. Periodic evaluations will be conducted to assess the value of ARTSPART on

· Decreasing the number of youth who

 drop out of school

· Increase academic achievement

· Enhance young people’s attitudes about themselves and their futures

Artspart  feels an arts program will help in diverting trouble

youth away form gangs, and drugs and contact with the

 juvenile justice system.

Management Team


The management team may consist of a program manager,

 assistant program manager, on site program coordinator,

artist, an arts organization. The staff and management of

ARTSPART will be trained in effective methods for working

 with youth from special populations. This training will

include at risk-and –protective perspective, behavior

management, adolescent psychology, familiarization with the

educational or juvenile justice system, and diversity training,

 which includes cultural characteristics associated with youth

 from culturally different backgrounds.

A program manager

• maintains the collaborative partnership with juvenile justice,

 social workers, and educators

develops and tracks the budget

• oversees planning model sessions with the artists

• oversees program evaluation

• ensures a sufficient number of participant referrals

• interviews and hires program staff, artist instructors

• supervises and evaluates, program staff, artists

• oversees the program coordinator if there is one

• develops training

• attends sessions as needed to monitor the program

• plans and oversees the production and display of
youth-created art






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A assistant program manager

tracks the budget

•assists with planning model sessions with the artists

• oversees program evaluation

• ensures a sufficient number of participant referrals

• interviews and hires artist instructors

• supervises and evaluates artists

• oversees the program coordinator if there is one

• training

• attends sessions as needed to monitor the program

• plans and oversees the production and display of youth-created art

On-site program coordinator

(this person may be different from the program manager, the program manager may also take on this role, or this role may fall to the artists and Assistant program coordinator)

• is responsible for day-to-day operations of the program

• oversees all staff or youth assistants

• picks up supplies when needed

• ensures goals and objectives of each component are being met

• assists youth in keeping an inventory of their work

• coordinates visiting artists

• coordinates field trips

• monitors attendance

• enforces rules and regulations

• provides food for each arts session

• coordinates appropriate transportation

• assists artist in resolving problems that arise


 The Artist’s role is to

• participate in the planning model sessions

• develop a curriculum that encompasses the program’s artistic and social skills objectives

• develop plans for each day’s activities

• provide hands-on arts instruction

• provide demonstrations of basic art techniques in a logical and precise manner

• facilitate student participation in creative and artistic endeavors, and target a number of finished pieces for each participant

• create with the probation officer, social worker, or teacher liaison an energetic classroom environment

• evaluate student participation and artistic production

• attend all field trips

• assist partners with daily nutrition distribution

• prepare for performances/exhibitions

• maintain journals (record plans for the day and what actually happened)

• work collaboratively with probation officers, social workers, educators to respond to any behavioral problems

• assess students’ skill knowledge at the beginning and end of the program

An arts organization takes on a somewhat different role than an individual artist. It

• establishes a short list of artists who meet the program’s artist-selection criteria

• enters into a contract with artist selected

• supervises artists

• provides equipment and materials

• makes arrangements for production and display of final art product

A social worker’s role is to

• provide referrals to the program

• participate in the planning model sessions

• assist in determining appropriate incentives for youth

• develop, document, and update a profile of each student and his/her family

• follow up on attendance issues

• assist artists in addressing behavioral or organizational problems

• identify critical problems in the life of each student and intervene where possible

• document the program’s impact on student growth and improvement

• act as a resource to youth, artists, and teachers

• attend program as specified (weekly, every session, on request)

• serve as liaison to parents

• conduct home visits as needed

• conduct individual and family counseling as needed

• act as social-service referral source

• provide pertinent participant information to the court

• assist in transportation arrangements

Professional Advisors

ARTSPART focuses on collaboration among administrative partners—agencies, schools, and arts councils, as well as among artists, teachers, and probation officers, and they will have specific roles and responsibilities Partnerships among arts agencies and public or private agencies that have expertise working with at risk youth benefit everyone. However, arts organizations, social service providers, educators, and juvenile justice staff each use different methods, languages, and ways of working with youth. Thus, it is very important for partners to learn one another's language; to understand the system within which each partner works; to agree about program goals; and to define each group's contribution to the collaboration.

Board of Advisors/Directors

Governing Board - Made up of community leaders, parents, local artist and members of the juvenile justice system, board of education and social services will be Responsible for sanctioning the operation of ARTSPART program and providing feedback to the Program Director on policies and operation.