Arts on the Block ( offers creative youths the opportunity to learn firsthand about art, design and business as apprentice artists on real-world projects. Through the organization’s programs, youths learn the value of self-expression, the practice of leadership and teamwork, and the benefits of creative skills for their careers and in their communities.

Headquartered: Kensington

Serves: Metro region

What a donation buys:

  • $250 supports a field trip to visit D.C. art museums for 25 youths.
  • $500 trains 20 apprentice artists to write a dynamite résumé and “ace” an interview.
  • $1,000 sponsors an apprentice for one year in the studio workshop.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • One day: Help out in the studio.
  • Weekly: Support office staff with filing and data entry.
  • Internships