A free, comprehensive visual arts introductory training course

Our Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program provides a comprehensive hands-on arts education for youth ages 12-21.
Because of JXTA, my first W9 at the age of 12 was in the arts.

Namir Fearce



A free, comprehensive visual arts introductory training course

VALT is a free introductory and comprehensive drawing course for 12-21 year olds, taught by working artists, which focuses on developing skills in young artists. To adhere to COVID guidelines and still provide our free program, this summer we are offering a seven-week session of Hybrid VALT: a shortened version of our regular VALT class (similar to Virtual VALT) with an opportunity to participate in person OR virtually.

For Hybrid VALT, in-person and online will be taught simultaneously as one class, and students will choose one way to participate for the whole Summer 2021 session: in person (as capacity allows) or virtually on Zoom. The class is free and all materials will be provided by JXTA, regardless of how you participate. Interested youth between the ages of 12-21 with all levels of drawing abilities are encouraged to fill out the VALT application below.

In Hybrid VALT students learn variety of drawing skills through 3 projects; contour drawings, portraits and comic characters.

Summer Hybrid VALT (7 weeks):
July 12th – August 26th
Tuesdays & Thursdays – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Zoom Info Sessions (must attend to participate):
Tuesday, July 6th at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday July 7th at 5:00 p.m.
(Zoom links will be sent prior to Info Session)

**Note: we will not be holding interviews for apprenticeships following Hybrid VALT.**

JXTA is committed to ensuring the health and well being of our community; we are monitoring the situation around COVID-19 closely.


Hawwa Youngmark headshot
Hawwa Youngmark
VALT Instructor & Tactical Lab Lead
Started at JXTA in 2014
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Maria Robinson
Visual Art Literacy Training Instructor
MCAD // Class of 2018
Started at JXTA in 2018

Apply for VALT

Apply for Virtual VALT by filling out an application form:

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Virtual VALT Application Form

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We will be having a summer VALT Session beginning in July, reach out to our Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at for questions: 
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Participant demographic data help Juxtaposition Arts develop programs, secure funding, and improve our work serving the community. This information is optional and is NOT used to determine acceptance to JXTA programming, for identification, nor is it shared with external parties. We appreciate your support in providing us with this optional information. While all questions are required you can choose the option "I don't want to answer."

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