Urbano’s core programs, Artists’ Projects and Urbano Fellows, support over 100 Boston Public School students and recent graduates yearly to become civically-engaged artists and leaders for an equitable new Boston.
Urbano teen artists want to make social change through art and face challenges such as structural racism and a lack of access to equivalent opportunities. All students earn paychecks while building skills and competencies critical for college and workforce success.
In sessions modeled on college seminars, youth meet with professional artists to collaborate on interdisciplinary art projects through studio work, discussions, site visits, and public space interventions. They conduct interviews and research in their communities, finding the intersection of art with history, environmental issues, civil rights, and community activism.