WE BELIEVE IN TEACHING & LEARNING
Powerhouse is a place where artists can realize projects, find community, and grow opportunities to sustain creative lives. In addition to working with our fabricators and with each other in our community shops, youth and adults can engage with Powerhouse:
  • THROUGH OUR ART MAKING AND SKILL-BUILDING CLASSES
  • BY PARTICIPATING IN ONLINE AND IN-PERSON EVENTS AND GATHERINGS
  • THROUGH OUR ARTS EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
We recognize that people learn in different ways, but that having hands-on experiences with art-making materials is vital to being able to make things well and to solve creative problems. Our learning engagements emphasize time and space to practice, make, fail, get and give feedback, and to experiment. Art-making is not separate from our daily concerns or life experiences. We explore the ways history, systems of organizing people, economies, and the natural environment impact art- and culture-making; and how art shapes us.
Classes

Classes at Powerhouse transmit visual art-making skills and techniques to individuals at all stages of their artistic development. Our classes are designed to allow learners to move across the tools and workshops they need to realize their creative projects.

Classes range from beginner level to advanced, and include one-off workshops and multi-session courses. In addition to adult classes, our youth programs are tailored to individuals ages 13-19 who want to develop their creative toolboxes in arts production. All classes provide the time and space required to learn and practice new skills. Our approach prioritizes experiential-learning, or building knowledge and understanding through doing.

Our teaching staff are artists who have a passion for sharing their craft with others and who are committed to creating dynamic learning spaces at Powerhouse.

Our education team collaborates with art workers, neighbors, and industry partners to develop programming and create opportunities that matter. We make our offerings available to the broadest community possible by proactively mitigating and eliminating barriers to participation.

Class offerings for adults and youth currently occur in partnership with schools and local creative studios while Powerhouse redevelops its permanent facility.

Our current studio partners include:

MAKEVILLE STUDIO
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KINGSLAND PRINTING
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Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design students learn woodworking at Makeville Studio, Winter 2019. Photo by Jenn Williams
School Partnerships

School Partnerships connect New York City public middle and high schools with industry partners to learn the trade-based skills of art fabrication careers. Our educational approach investigates different ways of making, engages youth in creative problem-solving, and supports the actualization of their artistic projects from ideation to completion.

Classes take place during work hours, allowing participants behind the scenes access to business production while learning and creating alongside masters in their field. Classes take place in a pro-shop setting or at the school, where participants gain skills in woodworking, printmaking, metalsmithing, ceramics, and/ or textile design.

Every curriculum is uniquely designed to meet the specific goals of each of our school partners. Students make connections to their in-school studies and explore a range of career paths.

Powerhouse aims to provide a sustainable education model to our school partners. We work with each school partner to create an individualized curriculum plan to transition students from workshop participants to peer educators. Participating school staff experience each workshop as a professional development, acquiring trade-based skills they can take back to their schools and integrate into their own curricula.

Our current school partners include:

BROOKLYN COLLABORATIVE STUDIES
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BROOKLYN COMMUNITY ARTS & MEDIA HIGH SCHOOL
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STEPHEN T. MATHER BUILDING FOR ARTS & CRAFTSMANSHIP HIGH SCHOOL
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THE URBAN ASSEMBLY MAKER ACADEMY
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WILLIAMSBURG HIGH SCHOOL FOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
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To learn more about our School Partnerships, please email youth@powerhousearts.org

Work-Based Learning & Arts Employment
Powerhouse will provide paid work-based learning opportunities in our shops for youth and adults. We recognize the vital role of artists and creative manufacturers in NYC’s local economy and seek to become a connector in this field, helping people with and without creative backgrounds to train up and secure meaningful, sustaining arts employment in order to support themselves and their families.

In addition to professional training opportunities, we will offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators and classroom art teachers with professional development opportunities, assisting them in bringing new skills back to their own classrooms and learning communities.

Our paid work-based learning opportunities in our shops for youth and adults include:

INTERNSHIPS
3-6 month placements to provide exposure to a field

APPRENTICESHIPS
A 2-year work placement for a person committed to a livelihood in a particular field

FELLOWSHIPS
Placements within Powerhouse for creative practitioners seeking to gain and share best practices in a material/field

EXTERNSHIPS
Work placements for educators seeking to adopt new skills to bring back to their learning institutions

JOB TRAINING
Partnerships with local creative manufacturers and producers to train and place workers

To stay informed about program start dates and our application process, please click the Newsletter button below to join our mailing list.

Internships for Teens
Our Youth Internship program is specifically designed to engage and employ our local youth community. Youth Interns participate in a supportive path of career exploration and creative discovery through mentorships with our print, textile, wood, metal, and ceramic shop staff in addition to our collaborative production and administrative teams.

Powerhouse Arts Youth Internships are an opportunity for youth ages 13-19 to gain exposure to the field of arts fabrication and for youth to gain work skills in a professional setting.

To stay informed about upcoming Youth Internships, please click the Newsletter button below to join our mailing list.

Youth Advisory Council
Our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of emerging youth leaders, ages 13-19, who meet to influence decision-making about youth programming at Powerhouse Arts. Eligible YAC members have completed at least one Powerhouse Youth Workshop.

Powerhouse Arts is currently seeking youth leaders to join our YAC for the 2020-2021 school year.

To learn more about our YAC, please email youth@powerhousearts.org

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