Just For Kicks: Teen Artists Needed to Paint Sneakers

Private Instructional Workshop: Friday March 25. 6pm-8pm

Public Community Event: Saturday March 26. 12pm-5pm

Calling all teen artists and sneakerheads! Are you between the ages of 14-18 and interested in learning how to customize sneakers?

The Arlington Arts Center is presenting an exclusive teen artist sneaker competition where 30 teens from across the metropolitan DC area will be selected to participate in a special sneaker workshop and public event.

On Friday, March 25 (6-8pm) the selected teen artists will participate in a private workshop led by professional artists. On Saturday, March 26 (12-5pm) the public is invited to bring a pair of their own sneakers or a pair to donate to a local shelter. The teen artists will be on hand to customize the public’s sneakers while they have an opportunity to explore the exhibitions on view in the galleries.

To apply for consideration, write a brief paragraph about your creative pursuits and your appreciation for arts and/or sneaker culture in your artist statement. Please submit 1-4 sample images of any artwork created by you. Applications must be submitted by 12PM on Saturday, March 19.

A jury of independent creatives, arts professionals, and sneakerheads will select the finalists.

Additional Details:

  • Selected teen artists must have parental/guardian approval to participate.
  • There is no cost to participate. Supplies will be provided.
  • Selected teen artists will be considered based on the passion conveyed within the essay and art samples.
  • Selected teen artists must be available for both the workshop and the public event.
  • Selected teen artists will receive an honoraria of $100.
  • The workshop and event will take place at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201.

This event is presented by the Arlington Arts Center and generously supported by JBG Smith.

Apply online here.

For questions, please write to director@arlingtonartscenter.org.


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