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Young Artists at Work

Inspiring a Vibrant Future


For more than 30 years our programs have inspired thousands of Toledo youth to explore their individuality while working as a team to change their city for the better and to develop more fully into thoughtful and responsible citizens. Our YAAW and Congressional alumni can be found all over Toledo and the world making a difference.


Since 1994, Young Artists at Work (YAAW) has offered paid summer apprenticeships to area teens to learn creative skills and job skills alike and to connect to community through the creation of public art and salable works. Each year more than 40 teens from diverse neighborhoods and communities in and around Toledo come together to find a completely unique summer employment opportunity and access to an experience designed to impact for a lifetime.

2023 Schedule

The 2023 Young Artists at Work program runs from June 26th to August 4th. Apprentice applications are due March 17th, 2023. Teaching staff applications are due February 2, 2023.

Inspiring young artists ensures a greater commitment to creativity and community that has a lifelong impact.

Current Projects

YAAW Alumni

After 25 years of YAAW, there are so many stories to capture. Stay in touch with the Arts Commission to stay in the know about events and opportunities.


The Story of YAAW

Led by Young Artists at Work alums Reagan Shull and Melissa Mintz, one team from the 2021 cohort tells the story of the history of YAAW through film. Apprentices interviewed former apprentices and staff of Young Artists at Work to tell the story of the over 20 years of the YAAW program.

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2021 Season Recap

Our 2021 edition of the Young Artists at Work program was a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning. This short video highlights the five major projects that the teams completed.


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors of the YAAW program.