Past Programs

Art Bards: Exploring Poetry Through Visual Art

The summer program "Art Bards: Exploring Poetry Through Visual Art" was offered in partnership with the Orange County Library System. The summer program provided hands-on art activities inspired by poetry for youth ages 6-12 years old at 16 different library branches. Through a grant from the Disney Foundation in 2018, ArtReach was able to offer additional Art Bards programming, including two weeks of summer camp and the program Family Art Adventures for children and their families. 


Peace Day in the Park: September 21, 2019

ArtReach Orlando partnered with The Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College and the City of Winter Park to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday, Sept. 21, in the city’s Central Park. The International Day of Peace has been celebrated around the world since 1982. From 9 a.m. to noon, community members of all ages participated in free activities including yoga, games, a public art project, and multicultural performances. The event culminated with members of the community forming a human peace sign in the center of the park for an aerial photograph!


Artists In WonderCamp Scholarships Through Mayor's Grant Program

In summer of 2019,  the Mayor's Matching Grants program generously provided 24 scholarships for students attending ArtReach Orlando's Artists in WonderCamp! This summer art program is designed to introduce elementary and middle school students to contemporary art through inquiry-based learning, open-ended discussions, hands-on studio art experiences, and interactions with professional artists. Each week, students explored meaningful ideas and processes to investigate the world around them through the elements of art while, most importantly, having lots of fun! Different themes and media were explored with an emphasis on the process over the final product to allow creativity to flow freely. Each day began with mindful body movement and yoga. 

The Mayor’s Matching Grant Program was implemented in 1994 to partner with neighborhood associations, schools and non-profit organizations to fund projects which address neighborhood needs, improve education and build community pride. Thank you to the City of Orlando and Mayor Buddy Dyer! 


Buffalo Mural in Mills 50/ArtReach's Community Classroom

This mural was made possible by a partnership between by ArtReach Orlando, Say It Loud!, and Julio Lima. The Buffalo mural was designed and created by renowned local artist Boy Kong in collaboration with youth who have participated in past ArtReach Orlando programs. Many thanks to our participating young artists: Benjamin Lorber, Jonathan Asbury, Leanne Moxley, Mady Liringis, Mimi Rosario, Tesia Diaz and Jude Rex. 

Read about it in Orlando Weekly, here →

ART-ivist Summer Camp

ArtReach Orlando believes in the importance of co-creating knowledge and inspiring independent and creative young people. In partnership with Hope CommUnity Center, this summer camp and afterschool program engages middle school students in theatre, movement, and visual art to explore the ways creativity relates to community and leadership. 

Mural Programs

Hope CommUnity Center "Hope Rising" Mural Program

  • In 2013, ArtReach Orlando partnered with Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka and local artist Janis Nunez to create a community mosaic mural using found objects and donated materials. The “Hope Rising” mural shares and celebrates the stories of Central Florida's immigrant and working poor communities. We are so excited to be back at Hope and look forward to continuing to build community and inspiring youth through our arts programming! 

Millenia Gardens Elementary School Mural Program

  • A mural designed through a partnership between ArtReach Orlando and mosaic artist Lou Ann Weeks and executed by the wonderful students at Millennia Gardens in the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, SMARTville, with the guidance and support of Zulay Inglesias, Rebecca Rocca and Sarah Zimmer. This mural is dedicated to Anne Lynaugh, Millennia Gardens’ Master Principal.

Millenia Elementary School Mural Program

  • The mural titled “LEAP INTO LEARNING” was designed by mosaic artist Janis Nunez and executed by SMARTville students at Millennia Elementary School with the guidance and support of Dana Wax, Danae Nunez, and principal Anne Lynaugh. The project was made possible with support of the City of Orlando’s Mayor’s Matching Grant program.

Winegard Elementary School Mural Program

  • A mural designed by artist Ken Pease and executed through a partnership with ArtReach Orlando by the wonderful students of Winegard Elementary School with the guidance and support of Amy Lee, Ken Pease, Dawn Chehab, Sara Sloniger and Sarah Zimmer. Many thanks to our budding artists!

Corner Lake Middle School Mural Program

  • 2 murals executed through a partnership with ArtReach Orlando by the wonderful students of Corner Lake Middle School. More info coming soon! 

Conway Middle School

  • A mural executed through a partnership with ArtReach Orlando by the wonderful students of Corner Lake Middle School. More info coming soon!

ARO Boys and Girls Club Partner Program

In partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, 

ARO offered programming to 5th & 6th graders once a week.

ArtReach Orlando Truck

The Mobile Art Classroom aimed to provide artists and the artistically curious 

with the a low barrier introduction to different art practices and media.