What We Do
Riverzedge is built on the philosophy that art is a powerful force for social change, and that creative entrepreneurship through the arts is a productive and life-changing opportunity for teens.
Riverzedge Arts uses innovative applied and work-based learning strategies to teach art, design, and critical thinking to the youth of northern RI, providing our participants as well as our community with a path to economic and cultural sustainability.
Riverzedge Arts was formed in 2002 by artists, youth development professionals and community leaders concerned about violence affecting underserved youth. And we’re built on the philosophy that art and design can be powerful tools for the empowerment and civic engagement among youth that will help the next generation build healthier, more sustainable communities.
Today, our program enables youth to earn a wage while:
Developing leadership skills and taking on mentorship roles within our studios;
Learning academic and professional skills through hands-on projects outside of a traditional classroom setting
Completing rigorous; complex projects that challenge them to solve problems creatively, work collaboratively, and develop strong social and emotional intelligences; and
Accessing human services like mental health supports and the Riverzedge Youth Supply Center, which offers foodstuffs and hygiene products for those in need.