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Urban ArtWorks is a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for contemporary artists and local youth to work together to create public works of art. Our goal is to empower young people through professional opportunities in the arts.

Since 1995, we’ve collaborated with more than 2,000 youth to bring art to public and private spaces throughout Seattle neighborhoods. Our pre-employment training and subsidized employment programs foster a renewed sense of self-esteem, self-motivation and self-sufficiency in the young persons we work with.

As we expand our reach throughout the city, we look forward to continuing to help nurture strong communities by bringing contemporary public art to the streets of Seattle and beyond.

Something powerful happens when you give young people a chance to create public artwork: they find a positive way to express themselves, they feel more connected to their communities and their peers, and they gain real-world skills that prepare them for the future.

Urban ArtWorks’ mission is to create public art that empowers young people and transforms communities.

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