Arts organization offers free classes at inner-city schools

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Once a week, middle schoolers at Indianola Informal get to experience art at it's finest thanks to a program called Transit Arts.

"We try to have a lot of different outlets going on, not only for them to learn the technology or learn the skills and techniques but to practice their creative problem solving," said Rachel Rowen, art teacher at Indianola Informal.

Transit Arts is an organization that offers interactive and multi-disciplinary art workshops at inner-city public schools, as well as after-school programs.

"It's an opportunity to provide equal access to young people regardless of their economic circumstances to come together with artists from all over the city to create new skills and just be the person they are supposed to be to reach their full potential," said Jackie Calderone, founder and director of the organization.

The youth program teaches concepts like painting, poetry and music technology. It works in partnership with organizations like the Ohio Alliance for Art Education, Central Community House and the Columbus Federation of Settlements. All programs are free to youth members thanks to community donations and financial support.

Transit Arts also offers apprenticeships where members are paid for the work and taught how to promote their skills as paid gigs in the community.

"We are very much about social enterprise and entrepreneurship for young people," Calderone said. "Another piece that’s really important is the ability to speak in public."

Transit Arts is open to any student in Central Ohio. Click here for more information about getting involved.