Riverzedge Arts offers a range of programs for youth and adults in Woonsocket and beyond. During the school year, youth programs are held in the afterschool hours and all-ages and adult programs are held in the evenings. During the summer, we expand our hours of operation, the number of programs offered and the number of people we serve.
Arts & Business Entrepreneurship
Our nationally-awarded arts and entrepreneurship studio programs offer quality arts education, hands-on jobs training and alternative routes to diploma attainment through client projects and grant-funded public works. Teen artists are challenged to create cutting-edge art and design in an environment fostering cooperation and high performance. Participants enroll in one of five arts and design studios:
Participants generally remain in their studio until they complete high school. Art making and high expectations lead to improvement in social skills, work habits, college and career prospects and family life. Studios can accommodate from 8 to 20 participants, and the studio programs serve around 50 youth per school year. In the summer, additional funding allows this number to expand to approximately 60.
While most people know Riverzedge Arts through our studio programs, our expanded learning opportunities program serves the largest number of youth. For calendar year 2014, we expect to have more than 200 students participate in ELOs, although not all students will complete their ELOs within the year.
ELOs let students learn-by-doing alongside subject matter experts, who volunteer as community mentors, and teacher mentors, who approve the ELO project as credit worthy. Students can either develop their own projects or participate in group ELO projects that yield high school credits and may qualify for other graduation requirements. Along with transferable academic, workplace and life skills, and ELOs provide students with caring, adult guidance to ensure they are prepared to apply and gain acceptance to college.Learn More About ELO
The Woonsocket Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a nationally proven leadership initiative that helps parents to become powerful advocates for their children. The cornerstones of PLTI are respect, validation, and the belief that when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will actively engage in civic life.
Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. They are also great advocates for children in society. Parents speak out on issues and inform policy makers, the media and other parents about the needs of out children.Learn More About PLTI
Summer Placemaking Workforce Initiative
Our Summer of Arts and Service focuses on the completion of large-scale public art and design projects in conjunction with city and partner initiatives. These projects allow us to expand the number of youth we serve during this period when youth are most at risk.Learn More About Summer Programs
The Riverzedge Arts Mobile Studio brings the our innovative, real world, hands on arts education to K-12 schools, home schools, various youth organizations and even private parties. The Mobile Studio program does not require any previous art experience and can be customized to take place in any space, for any age, at any time.Learn More About Mobile Studio