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In 25 years of service to King County, Urban ArtWorks has been established as an effective program that works with marginalized teens to gain employment and art skills, deepen connections with the community, and expand their self-efficacy. We work with artists, businesses, and communities to collaboratively transform our public spaces.

From 2019 -2021 Urban ArtWorks:

Mentored

170 teens for over 11,800 hours of paid arts training

Provided School-Based

School-based arts programs, workshops, and camps for over 670 young people

Installed

287 Public artworks

Contracted

104 professional artists

Engaged

Over 2500 volunteers in community paint days

Provided

Programs and services in over 25 Seattle neighborhoods and 10 cities

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– Angelina Villalobos
Artist & Former Urban ArtWorks Youth Programs Participant

“Urban ArtWorks gave me a purpose, a job, and a place I needed to be. I was taught accountability and to ask for help if I was struggling. My experience also instilled a responsibility in me to reciprocate. Having people outside your family invested in you means so much, even if at the time you don’t quite understand it. This propels me now as an adult to advise young leaders to think of their future. We want our youth to think beyond themselves as part of a much larger setting. By giving young people the tools to communicate what they need, they’ll be able to go into the world and help their peers and community.”

– Youth apprentice

“Urban Artworks and the people who are part of the organization have always been invested in my growth and I really appreciate the opportunity to be around professional artists and a wide variety of people.”

– Ryther

“Our new mural is complete, and all we can say is wow! The youth artists from Urban ArtWorks finished it up last week and it looks incredible! This mural adds so much color and joy to our campus, and we know it will bring a smile to the face of staff and clients when they see it. Thank you to all of the wonderful folks at Urban Artworks for bringing this vision to life!”

– FamilyWorks

“Thank you endlessly for bringing this vision to life – it is absolutely amazing. Everyone can’t stop smiling! I hope we collaborate again in the future. A huge thank you for making this happen in such a short timeline, so grateful to you and your team.”

– Youth apprentice

“This program has had a big impact on me especially during the pandemic because it has given me a sense of community even when I felt isolated at home.”

– Youth apprentice

“Urban Artworks and the people who are part of the organization have always been invested in my growth and I really appreciate the opportunity to be around professional artists and a wide variety of people.”

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