The Artmobile – Explore. Make. Share Art.

by The Artmobile

1) What's your group's background?

My love for the arts and passion for helping others have always been a big focus in my life. So, combining my interest in helping others and passion for the arts lead me on a journey to develop an art outreach program.  The Artmobile began as an idea in 2015 as I was seeking opportunities to combine my love of the arts, helping others and our community.

Over many hours of in-depth research to identify best practices for a high quality, art outreach program and numerous conversations with social service agencies, local arts organization, city government, colleagues, art educators from The Wexner for the Arts and CMA, The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio and CCAD. The in-depth research and numerous conversations brought me clarity around the challenges under-served youth in low income and distressed neighborhoods faced by not having access or exposure to high quality arts programs.  Recognizing limitations such as access to the arts, financial insecurities and transportation issues are key barriers to youth participation in arts programming. The solution had to be mobile and be able to deliver the art services were the youth live.

The Artmobile, an art studio on wheels was born.

2) Describe your Project!

The mission of the Artmobile is to enhance the lives of underserved youth in high risk neighborhoods by creating hands-on, culturally rich, high quality, afterschool mobile art program. The Artmobile will operate as a free or low cost program providing an easy and convenient way to provide access and exposure to the arts and arts making experiences. The pilot will occur in the Hilltop and Franklinton neighborhoods during July/August 2017 summer break. The Artmobile will secure the services of professional artists with experience in curriculum design and visual art content, ensuring that the programming is of quality and provide the participants with a memorable experience. Feedback will be collected frequently from parents and students during the pilot. Once the pilot is over, the programming will be evaluated to inform the next steps in the process. The Artmobile will also be available for rent for private parties and celebrations, producing an additional revenue stream that will be invested into the program’s sustainability.

3) What is your goal for this project?

The goal of The Artmobile project is to enhance the lives of under-served youth living in high risk neighborhoods by creating hands-on, culturally rich, art experiences that ignites imagination and leads them to discover their own unique creativity, talent, and ability. This project is intended to directly benefit the youth ages 7-11of the Hilltop and Franklinton neighborhoods, providing access and exposure to the arts programming where there are limited or no arts programs. We anticipate short term success outcomes will indicate an increase in access to art experiences, access to a safe, developmentally-appropriate, supportive learning environment, knowledge of artistic techniques, and cultural and historical awareness of neighborhoods. It is also expected that the neighborhood will see an increase in awareness of youth art opportunities, experience an art display, and feel neighborhood pride.

4) How much money do you need and what will you use it for?

Tonight, we can change lives by putting money into the summer pilot program. The money will go towards our summer arts supplies – filling that empty tent – Vote for The ArtMobile Project and change the lives of students in Columbus by helping us bring the arts to these students. The summer pilot test total costs are $18,400.