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Meet the Apprentices Part 3 on Niborama

The latest round of apprentice interviews are up! Read a clip below and check out the full piece on Niborama.

Why do you want to become a guidance counselor?

I like giving back to the community. Most of the projects I’m working on focus on vulnerable populations. Teens are by definition a very vulnerable population because most people don’t listen to them. But they have voices, they have interests and it’s very important for the larger community to recognize that they need help. Organizations like Cre8tiveYouTH*ink are very good for teenagers because art can minimize all the bad influences around them and give them something positive to focus on instead.

How do you think others can help aspiring artists?

It just takes one person to believe in them. It all started with my middle school art teacher so basically you just need to inspire that person even if they can’t do something well at first. It takes practice.


‘Sign Language’: The Mural’s Origins and What It Has Taught the Apprentices So Far

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Things are looking up at the studio, the red panels of faux-brick apartment buildings replaced with planks of soft blue sky and wispy clouds. At Cre8tiveYouTH*ink’s temporary headquarters at  Industry City  in Brooklyn, the mural production is progressing quickly, and it was time for some reflection on the “Sign Language” project, its origins, and its impact on the arts apprentices.
The Crew with the Developers of 267 Pacific Street photo by Vince Maximum

The Cre8tive YouTH*ink crew with the developers of 267 Pacific Street.
Photo: Vince Maximin.

On a brisk Sunday, the developers of the mural’s eventual home at 267 Pacific StreetThe Quinlan Development Group and Lonicera Partners – stopped by the studio to check out progress on the mural. Tim Quinlan, the development group’s senior partner, spoke about his hope for this project. While he humbly understates the tremendous influence he and his group have had in making the project happen, he makes clear his desire to “support the next generation of artists,” stating…

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Street Dreams: An Interview with Martha Cooper

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Martha Cooper discusses what led to her passion for photographing street art, how one of her photos was chosen for the Art School Without Walls Vol. 6 and why she thinks you should always chase what captivates you


Martha Cooper taking and posing for pictures at our recent Open Studio Photo: Jazzmine Beaulieu

Martha Cooper began documenting graffiti before the art world thought it was cool. Her now iconic photographs from Street Play, taken in the gritty New York City of the 1970s, immortalized the ingenuity of an overlooked and under-appreciated population–city kids making the most of their bleak environment. Through her growing relationship with the children she photographed, Cooper was introduced to the clandestine world of graffiti writing. She began to document the nascent phenomenon obsessively, waiting for phone calls at all hours of the day and night that would tip her off to privy information, such as which train station…

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