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. Participants will work on group projects under the supervision of a professional artist. Participants learn the artistic techniques and applications of their particular genre while developing personally and professionally.

2018 Program Dates:
Monday, June 11 –  Friday, July 13
Showcase: Thursday, July 12
Full attendance is mandatory for participation

2018 Projects:
2018 projects will be announced by January 1, 2017.

Apprentices will be selected through an application and interview process. The online application includes an essay and letter of recommendation.

Applications will be available on this site on January 15, 2018.
Application deadline: February 15, 2018.

If you have questions, please contact Community Arts Directors Tyson Danner, at or 309-793-1213, ext. 102.


2016 Projects:

Bench-painting project: Working under the guidance of lead artist Sarah Robb, nine apprentices in the bench-painting project gave a facelift to the existing outdoor benches in The District of downtown Rock Island.

Sculpture project using recycled materials: In the sculpture project, eight apprentices created sculptures from repurposed and recycled materials under the guidance of lead artist Steve Banks. The sculptures were exhibited at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, and shown at River Roots Live, Aug. 26-27 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park.

Learn more about the 2016 projects:

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.