Urbano Project (Urbano) brings together youth and professional artists to learn and experiment through place-based participatory art projects that address the social justice issues of our times. Urbano's program objectives are to offer youth age 14-19 high-quality contemporary arts education experiences, facilitate creative youth development, develop a corps of positively engaged youth who serve as leaders in their communities, and promote civic engagement through public, participatory art that addresses the social justice affecting youth and their communities.
Urbano’s afterschool and summer offerings are project-based programs combining studio work, site visits, and production of public arts events. These projects are all rooted in the fundamental principles of collaboration, border-crossing, creative risk-taking, and social justice. Students learn to consider their personal artistic practice as a tool for communication and engagement with their communities. They develop an appreciation and practice of socially engaged contemporary art, as well as a strengthened identity as active, powerful, and involved citizens.