What a busy past five weeks it’s been! The students and staff from the Refugee Youth Project’s ArtWorks program have been hard at work, creating and selling products to help raise additional money for RYP’s flagship programs.

ArtWorks is an art-based social enterprise program that uses art as a tool to teach high school refugee students about business, financial literacy, English, career readiness, and entrepreneurship, while providing students with an outlet to share their experiences.

This semester, the program worked with approximately 25 students at Patterson High School over the course of twelve weeks, under the leadership of RYP’s Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA member, Cora Stern.  Cora and the students also benefitted from working with MICA Community Artist Collaborative AmeriCorps member Susan Tuberville every Friday.

Together they created candles with scents that reminded them of their home countries, which were an immediate hit and sold out quickly!

This season, the ArtWorks crew decided to sell at Waverly 32nd Street Farmer’s Market on Small Business Saturday, the Maryland Institute College of Art’s holiday Art Market, the First Unitarian Church’s Cookie Walk event, and to our coworkers at the Baltimore Resettlement Center. We sold Love Over Fear and Culture and Knowledge t-shirts, bottle cap magnet sets, jewelry, candles and a limited supply of note-cards and postcards.

In total, the final sales numbers came to

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Plus, we met tons of you – our community supporters as well as first-time customers who had never heard about our program before. All in all, we count it as a huge success.

Thank you for helping make our holiday art market season such an enjoyable experience! We hope to see you next year.