Virtual Youth Programming

Virtual Youth Programming

Summer Art - Week 8

Aurora Public Art will host regular virtual youth programming for students who are sheltering in place amid COVID-19 cancellations and closures. All sessions are free and open to the public. Programming will begin Monday, June 8.

Programming will include sessions across many artistic media. Drawing, Painting, Music, Dance, Drama, and Culinary Arts are among the many offerings. Aurora Public Art will partner with other organizations to produce some of the content. For example, a weekly draw-along session will feature animals from Phillips Park Zoo. Other partnerships include poetry workshops with Aurora’s Poet Laureate and Deputy Laureates. Chefs from area restaurants will provide cooking demonstrations.

Programs will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Sessions will also be available on Aurora Public Art’s YouTube page. Students who are unable to access these sites on school devices may join via Zoom. Please send an email to [email protected] to get access codes for Zoom sessions. Otherwise, tune in to Aurora Public Art’s Facebook or YouTube pages!

This Weeks Sessions

Musical Monday: Dance Lesson with Simply Destinee

  •  Aurora’s Simply Destinee will teach a dance routine.
  • Monday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sponsored by: Aurora Noon Rotary

Watercolor Painting with Michelle Curiel

  • Michelle Curiel (@gemini_designs) will teach the technique of “wet on wet” watercolor.
  • Suggested materials: Pencil, round tip watercolor brushes, watercolor paint (dry palette), watercolor paper.
  • Tuesday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sponsored by: Aurora Noon Rotary

Wooden Block Forms with Jen Evans.

  • Aurora Public Art Director Jen Evans demonstrates one of the projects from APAC’s virtual summer camp collaboration with Youth Services and Communities in Schools. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water,” students will explore 3-dimensional forms and negative space as they construct a puzzle from wooden blocks.
  • Suggested materials: Glue, tiny wooden cubes/blocks (available from the dollar store - 2 packs should be plenty).
  • Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sponsored by: Aurora Noon Rotary

Phillips Park Zoo Animal Draw-Along featuring Jen Keller

  • Learn to draw a lynx from the Phillips Park Zoo.
  • Suggested materials: Pencil, eraser, and paper.
  • Thursday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sponsored by: Aurora Noon Rotary

Foodie Friday: A Culinary Demonstration with Alfredo Castil

  • lfredo Castil teaches us how to make seitan, a delicious vegan protein.
  • Friday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sponsored by: Aurora Noon Rotary

Summer Art Support

Aurora Public Art’s Summer Programming is still seeking sponsors and instructors.

Call for Artists to Lead Video Sessions

Calling All ArtistsArtists interested in providing virtual content are encouraged to submit an application at

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor CallSponsorship opportunities are available at