Company Profile: Arts on the Block

For teens in and around Montgomery County, MD who are passionate about art, ARTS ON THE BLOCK is a place to learn about the world of art, the world of work, the community, and themselves. It is a place to make new friends, make art for real clients, and make plans for successful futures.

For lovers of art and others passionate about supporting the work of talented young people, ARTS ON THE BLOCK is a source of beautiful handcrafted artwork from small decorative objects to vast public installations in mosaic and other media.

ARTS ON THE BLOCK empowers creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures and contribute to the quality of life of their communities!

ARTS ON THE BLOCK achieves its mission by providing paid opportunities to work with established artists/mentors on commissioned artwork and entrepreneurial projects.


WHERE: Wheaton, MD (Montgomery County)

WHEN: Fifteen-twenty hours/week, beginning immediately.

WHAT: Full range of arts non-profit office management tasks.

WHO: Skilled communicator; fast, efficient and mega-organized. Lives to get things done! High level of skill in MS Office software. Proficiency in iWork and several Adobe graphics applications highly desirable. Prior office experience a non-negotiable.


WHERE: Wheaton/Silver Spring, MD (Montgomery County)

WHEN: July 2010 – June 2011 and possibly beyond. Approximately 15 hours/week.

WHAT: Work closely with team of community-based and government organizations to begin to implement five-year public art and design master plan in primarily immigrant community. Includes organizing community meetings where art is an integral component; hiring public artists; working with property owners and managers; writing project grants and PR communications.

WHO: Graduate of MA in Community Arts. Strong Spanish and English language skills. Previous experience delivering arts programs to under served communities. Solid understanding of community and public art principles.


WHERE: Wheaton, MD

WHEN/WHAT: this is a 12-month position (mid-June 2010 – mid-June 2011) through Volunteer Maryland /VISTA. The person selected will, with assistance from evaluation professionals, develop a survey and methodology for reaching as many of the 250 alumni of Arts on the Block as possible, for the purposes of evaluating the program’s long-term impact and making strategic improvements. (S)he will also work on a broad range of non-profit arts management tasks specific to the organizations needs and his/her skills and interests.

WHO: Any MICA graduate but in particular, graduates of the MA in Community Arts program.

Note: there is a stipend associated with VISTA positions, but it could also be considered an internship opportunity.