Publicolor engages high-risk students, ages 12-21, in their education through a continuum of design-based programs and academic support that counter the dropout rate.
Everyone here shares the belief that each one of our students is untapped potential and that teens can have as much impact on their community as their community has on them.
Publicolor began as a program to engage students who are at high-risk for dropping out of school. Students gain self-confidence as they complete large-scale artistic projects in a variety of different programs.
The Paint Club program is Publicolor’s largest endeavor with approximately 900 students currently enrolled. Students involved get an active role in changing their school through paint. They transform their halls and classrooms with color, connecting them to their school community, which encourages attendance and involvement. Paint Club Students learn about color theory and how deliberate design choices like color can affect your attitudes and behaviors. They learn commercial painting skills and actually pick the colors they’ll be painting their school from a palette of about 20 colors.
Students in this program have the opportunity to learn how good it feels to complete a job, and how their work positively affects every student that is in the building.
While Paint Club takes place during the school year, Publicolor also runs a summer program. For the last five years Publicolor has partnered with Pratt Institute for their Summer Design Studio, a collaboration where students attend Publicolor classes on Pratt’s campus so they can experience the realities of college. This program teaches students how to make things with their hands from scratch, and incorporates lessons in math, english, and software like Photoshop and InDesign, with the hope to curb summer learning loss. Each year the program focuses on teaching the students how to make a different product.
Themes have ranged from pop-up books to tool belts made from repurposed jeans. This program has been extremely effective in helping to change the relationship students have with education while encouraging their creativity and self-esteem.
Publicolor runs seven different year-round programs designed to encourage learning through creativity. All of their programs allow students to stay engaged in academic experiences while learning a trade that can help get them through college.
Apple Arts works to bring art to homeless children in New York City to help raise their self-esteem and confidence. Their art education programs inside of city homeless shelters shed a positive light on children, giving them an environment where they can learn to express themselves creatively.
Little Kids Rock restores music education programs across the nation. They donate instruments, train teachers, and design curriculum that uses popular music to motivate young musicians.
Publicolor runs seven different year-round programs designed to encourage learning through creativity. All of their programs help students stay engaged in academic experiences while learning a trade that can help get them through college.