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Teen Artists on the Issues: Ceramics & Social Justice

After two years of successful programming, Arlington Center for the Arts is once again offering a unique, free opportunity for local teens to make an impact on their community through the arts. Teen Artists on the Issues 2023 will explore and create through clay! Upon completion of this course, students will develop a thorough sense of handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques, skills to explore and communicate their passions, and will have the rare opportunity to share their work with the community at large.

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What students can expect during the program:


  • Arlington Center for the Arts is offering a unique opportunity for you to expand your understanding of how to create art with community impact. 

  • Ceramics & Social Justice is a free, immersive, hands-on learning experience.

  • You will develop an understanding of clay techniques and processes and explore how to use this medium to send powerful messages about social justice issues you are passionate about.

  • Ceramics has an incredibly rich history that will be integrated into this program, allowing you to expand your horizons and push the medium into new and exciting frontiers.

  • This action-oriented program will provide you with new tools, inspiration, peer collaboration, mentorship, and space to create and share work with the community at large.


Eligibility & Evaluation Criteria: 

  • Arlington Center for the Arts encourages all young creatives with a passion for bettering themselves, their art, and their community, ages 14-18 to apply.

  • Applicants will be evaluated based on their potential to use the skills learned to amplify the concerns of their community and world.  We are looking for passionate students who plan to use this program with an intent to learn, be present, and apply skills towards the issues that inspire them the most.

  • Participants will be chosen based on their application responses and in consideration of an intentional effort to center access, equity, and inclusivity into their lives. 

  • ACA strongly encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds including people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people of varying abilities and other marginalized communities to apply.

  • Applicants must reside in Massachusetts. Priority will be given to applicants living in Arlington and surrounding communities. We are accepting up to 10 students in this program.


DEADLINE TO APPLY: Sunday, February 5, 2023

IMPORTANT DATES (please save for your records):

Final Exhibition for Participating Teens: Date TBD
Working Studio Dates:

  • Sunday, Feb 26, 1-4pm

  • Sunday, March 5, 1-4pm

  • Sunday, March 12, 1-4pm

  • Sunday, March 19, 1-4pm

  • Sunday, March 26, 1-4pm

  • Sunday, April 2, 1-4pm

  • NO STUDIO TIME Sunday April 9

  • NO STUDIO TIME Sunday April 16

  • Sunday, April 23, 1-4pm

  • Sunday, April 30, 1-4pm

  • NO STUDIO TIME Sunday May 7

  • Sunday, May 14, 1-4pm

  • Sunday, May 21, 1-4pm

Questions? Please email Education and Programs Director Cat Beaudoin (they/she) at

About Our Teen Artists on the Issues Faculty 

Instructor | Gustavo Barceloni



Gustavo Barceloni (he/him/his) is one of our treasured ceramics instructors at ACA. Originally from Brazil, Gustavo is a ceramic artist, Boston-based educator, and community activist.  Gustavo's love of sharing the medium of clay led him to co-lead the student group Clay for Change with Vanessa Norris. Together they offered free local classes in Roxbury and Dorchester, hosted film screenings on art activism, and helped raise thousands of dollars organizing fundraisers such as the annual “Empty Bowls” events for the Haley House, an organization hosting programs such as affordable housing, a bakery café, and a soup kitchen. At MassArt, Gustavo also curated a multimedia art show, fundraiser, and open mic called Resistance Culture: An Art Show for Revolutionaries. As an alum, he spoke at the symposium, "Creative Counterpoints: Artists Translate Difference" articulating his creative path exploring transnational discomfort to an audience of art educators. His work has given opportunities for local youth, community members, and radical artists to express themselves, be supported, and learn from his practice."


We invite you to explore his work and artist statement here:

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