Metro Arts

Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program

Metro Arts brings together artistically talented young adults and provides them with productive, creative, paid apprenticeships in the arts. The program takes place over five weeks in June and July and is open to any student age 15-21 residing in the Quad City area, regardless of level of experience in the arts. Participants will work on group projects under the supervision of a professional artist.

2016 Program Dates:

Monday, June 13 –  Friday, July 15, 2016
Full attendance is mandatory for participation

2016 Projects:

  • Sculpture project using recycled materials (this project is full!)
  • Painting project for benches that will be installed in The District of Rock Island (this project is full!)


Apprentices were selected through an application (includes essay and letter of recommendation) and interview process.

If you have questions, please contact Margot Day, community engagement specialist at Quad City Arts, at or 309-793-1213, ext. 106.

2015 Projects:

In June and July 2015, Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeships completed two projects. Ballet Quad Cities supported a project in dance and outreach performance, and lead artist Sarah Robb worked with apprentices on a mural project at the Freight House in downtown Davenport.

Learn more about 2015’s projects!

» Visit the Metro Arts Facebook page
» Read coverage of our dance project from The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus HERE.
» Watch Dispatch/Argus coverage on the Freight House Farmer’s Market mural HERE.
» Read coverage of our mural project from the Quad-City Times HERE.
» Watch WQUAD-TV8’s coverage on the Freight House mural HERE.
» Read about the ribbon-cutting celebrating the 2015 Metro Arts mural HERE.

Visit our past projects throughout the Quad Cities [map].

Since the summer of 2000, Metro Arts has provided area youth with paid summer apprenticeships in various arts disciplines. The five-week long program provides opportunities for youth and enhances the community through the arts.

Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners, operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.