ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (March 8, 2021) — The 2021 Quad City Arts Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program is accepting applications through Wednesday, March 31. This program provides area youth ages 15-21 with five-week paid summer apprenticeships. These apprentices will create community-arts projects that positively impact our community. These projects include mural painting, poetry, film, graphic design, and more. Interested applicants can apply online at

This year’s Metro Arts program will start on Monday, June 7, and end on Thursday, July 8. Apprentices will meet for up to four hours Monday through Thursday. Apprentices receive a stipend of $500, and Senior Apprentices (project leaders) receive a stipend of $750. More project details will be available closer to the start of Metro Arts, but we are excited to share more information on some of our talented Lead Artists on our blog:

About the Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program

Since the summer of 2000, Metro Arts has provided area youth 15-21 years old with paid summer apprenticeships in various arts disciplines. For five weeks, area youth work together in groups to complete projects that enhance the community through the arts. Participants learn creative techniques and applications of their genre while developing personally and professionally.

This program allows young adults to build career and artistic skills, as they work under the supervision and mentorship of professional artists. Their mentors are accomplished, local artists who are passionate about teaching and encouraging creativity. This year, new projects and new lead apprentices will be joining our Metro Arts team. The program will still offer mural painting, but also include projects in graphic design, poetry, and film. New lead artists include: Aubrey Barnes, Poetry Lead Artist; Jonathan Burnett, Film Lead Artist; and Sarah Robb, Mural Design Lead Artist.

About Quad City Arts

Quad City Arts is a non-profit local arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. Quad City Arts programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Additional funding comes from the Quad Cities Cultural Trust and our Quad City Arts’ Partners.

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