"During AIR, I learned that trying new things can lead to new discoveries about myself, my life, and the world."
Refer a Teen
If you know a teen that would benefit from our program, you can download the application and help them fill it out.
AIR’s after-school and school vacation programs respond to the incredible need for accessible enrichment programs for teenage girls and are successful because they meet the young women’s interests, help them develop key social skills and assets, and work with their logistical needs. AIR is a place where teen girls can take safe risks and find their power of voice. We use a platform of arts programming to build self esteem and resiliency. We favor process over product and encourage girls to explore and share their thoughts and experiences.
AIR offers art programs because teenage girls are frequently interested in these activities and because of the intrinsic value of the arts. The creation of art, both performance and visual, provides the student artist with a constructive opportunity to explore new meanings, to make a statement, and to discover something new about herself. Recognizing the instrumental value of the arts, AIR incorporates art into helping girls build social skills and key assets. Girls learn to work collaboratively and communicate efficiently with their peers and mentors and develop self-esteem through their artistic and social successes at AIR. AIR provides this combination of artistic and personal development in a program that fits the logistical needs of teenage girls—all programs are free of cost and transportation is arranged or provided.
All teens have challenges – some more than others. We build self-esteem through positive reinforcement and public presentations. We strengthen resiliency with social lessons integrated into the programming. Teenagers need to express who they are. Art provides a safe outlet for teens to take risks, speak up, and be recognized for their unique talents.
If you have additional questions, contact Shannon Marshall, program director, Shannon@artsinreach.org, or (603) 433-4278.