Hired to Create. Inspired to Succeed.

…is a life-changing experience for the City of Buffalo and Erie County teens. The youth development initiative utilizes the power of the arts to transform young lives and enrich the community. For either 6 weeks during the summer, or 24 weeks after school, high school students apprentice with professional artists to gain arts and employment skills, as well as college readiness. Working in teams with a Master Teaching Artist, apprentices produce high-quality art and gain valuable experiences transferable to any future career.

ArtWorks Youth Apprentices:

  • Create art
  • Work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
  • Discover hidden strengths
  • Learn job readiness skills
  • Encourage each other’s talents
  • Participate in career exploration workshops
  • Participate in team building activities
  • Perform and/or exhibit works of art
  • Learn decision-making skills 
  • Practice public speaking
  • Learn about money management
  • Build friendships with students from different schools
  • Participate in performance reviews and feedback sessions
  • Learn why the arts are important to a community’s identity and success
  • Gain summer employment

The ArtWorks program will address the need for youth to develop skills in a real-world work environment, and builds core competencies that are needed in today’s economy. Apprentices will learn to become creative and innovative participants in the 21st Century’s competitive economy and gain important skills in problem solving, communication, leadership, responsibility, critical thinking, and collaboration. ArtWorks not only inspires students to succeed, but also ensures they have the skills to do so.

“Youth are capable of becoming powerful influences within our world,” said Aitina Fareed-Cooke, 2018 Master Teaching Artist. 

“What a pleasure it is to provide hands-on arts programming where apprentices developed job readiness, communication, writing and public speaking skills. It was amazing to witness them thinking and reaching beyond their own expectations, and actively become positive and proactive leaders, while using their art to inspire others. This really speaks to what happens when the arts is creatively integrated into education.”

Summer 2019 Session:

  • Apprentices will meet for 12 weeks beginning July 8 – August 16, 2019.
  • Sessions are Monday – Thursday, from 10:00am – 3:00pm at Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.
  • Hiring 20 Apprentices

Fall & Spring 2019-2020 Session:

  • September 2019 – May 2020
  • Dates & Times TBD
  • Applications for the Spring 2020 Session can be found here.

Completed application must be returned to the Young Audiences WNY office by 4pm on Friday, June 14 to be accepted for consideration. 

  • No prior experience in the arts is necessary. 
  • High school students must be at least 14 years old to apply. 

For more information about Artworks, please contact Benjamin Dohn, Education & Evaluation Manager, at or (716)-881-0917.