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.

2017 Program Dates:

Monday, June 12 –  Friday, July 14, 2017
Full attendance is mandatory for participation

2017 Projects:

2017 projects will include a graphic design installation in downtown Rock Island, improve comedy in downtown Rock Island, sculpture in Bettendorf, mural painting in Davenport.


Apprentices will be selected through an application and interview process. The online application includes an essay and letter of recommendation.
Applications for our 2017 summer program are now closed.

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

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.