ArtReach GW is a free visual arts program under The George Washington University serving residents East of the River. In addition to free classes and community programs, ArtReach oversees the Community Gallery at THEARC, which serves as an exhibition venue for program participants, local artists, community organizations, and schools.
ArtReach aspires to be a cornerstone for community engagement through arts-based work that promotes real social dividends, therapeutic respite, and advanced college preparation. Partnering with George Washington University faculty, staff, students and alumni, ArtReach free programs and collaborative projects act as a vehicle for strengthening cross-cultural understanding, enhancing communication, activating citizenship, heightening a sense of self-worth, and fostering greater understanding among people and their communities. ArtReach provides a safe, supportive, and enjoyable environment where youth and families can make connections between art and their lives. In addition to classes and community programs, ArtReach oversees the Community Gallery at THEARC, which serves as an exhibition venue for program participants, local artists, community organizations, and schools.
- After-school programming: high quality visual art classes for children aged 8-18
- Community-based projects: community engaged art projects that foster greater understanding between art, life, culture, and citizenship
- Advanced college preparation: art portfolio development classes for high school teens
- The Art Journal: classes with art therapy infused instruction and practices for teens and adults
Aselin Lands, Director
ArtReach GW & The Community Gallery at THEARC