Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm-5pm

Ryan Art Center 420 Chartiers Ave. McKees Rocks, PA 15136  


  • APPLY ONLINE (or available at Ryan Art Center Front Desk or Library)


  • Parental Guardian Permission Slip

What do you get?

Students will participate in..

  • Music Production with Tim aka DJ SMI

  • Screen Printing w/ Quaishawn

  • Culinary Club - Pure to the People

  • Maker Space

  • Trevor C Dance Collective dance/movement

  • Visiting Artist Mentors

  • Field Trips


  • Respect yourself

  • Respect others (no hitting, name calling, etc)

  • Respect the Space and Materials

  • Everyone has the right to be heard but we can’t all speak at once

  • Create a safe space for everyone



Quaishawn Whitlock is a printmaking tech at Artists Image Resource and an artist Educator at the Andy Warhol Museum. samples of his work below. 


Trevor C Dance Collective link 

Trevor C. Miles is a powerhouse teaching artist and performer hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For years, Trevor offered his dance classes free of charge to youth of all ages. In 2013, he was awarded an NAACP Clairton Chapter Community Service award for his efforts in providing underrepresented neighborhoods with performing arts, and his work in various arts projects in Clairton.

In 2014, Trevor formed his own hand-selected group of dancers to take his storytelling to the next level, Trevor C. Dance Collective. In the four years since, Trevor has created 20+ unique stage works with TCDC, exhibited his work out of state, completed four tours, earned two theater residencies, and has earned acclaim as a solo artist, being selected to sit on various prestigious grant panels in Pittsburgh.  


He now partners with Ryan Arts Center to create innovative work and find new ways to tell stories with Pittsburgh youth. 

Trevor also collaborates and dances with other Pittsburgh dance entities, as he continues to spread his energy and aesthetic to the masses.



Tim aka DJ SMI of Afroheat / Classic Material / Beleza and SOUNDCLOUD 

Learn the craft of Djing, Music Production, branding, and building a network in the music industry. Learn first hand!





Jennifer Gray 

Jennifer Pearl Gray is a curator, artist, consultant, and librarian. She received her BA in History from Morgan State University in Baltimore in 2013 and a M.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. Working in Baltimore's arts community, from 2013- 2017, where the vibrant and robust art scene informed her practice as an emerging curator, that focused on contemporary art and social justice. Her curatorial work focused on raising awareness, encouraging discussions, and challenging public attitudes around social justice issues. In 2015 she won a fellowship with the DC Public Library Foundation, in partnership with MICA, as their first Curatorial Consultant. While working in DC, she got the chance to combine her two passions, library stewardship and curatorial practice. In 2018 she began working for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Library System. As a librarian she uses her curatorial perspective to engage in audience engagement, community partnership, and public programming. Jennifer currently resides and works in Pittsburgh, PA.  



Marketing/Outreach & Learn and Earn Coordinator at Ryan Arts/Focus On Renewal & DJ, Event Producer around the city. You may know him from Pandemic Dance Parties or Weather Permitting Event Series. He is also active in music education programs w/ Pittonkatonk and knows his way around Photoshop, Event Design, some web design and more.


Our free afterschool programs promote sustained mentoring relationships between high school students and trained artist mentors—who, together, engage in youth leadership, risk taking, collaboration, and self-directed learning. This teen open studio is an afterschool creative space where students can come to learn hands on art practice by working alongside a practicing artist/mentor.  

Our artist/mentors provide a structured approach to STEAM learning encouraging risk taking and creative/critical thinking. It is important to foster creative thinkers because innovation will be stifled without it. While a lot of problems in the workplace have one or two clear solutions, creative people have the ability to look at all sides of the issues, and many times can come up with solutions that might be completely new and interesting. 

The open studios will steer students towards career goals and embrace craft whether its in the visual arts, performance, or a practical skill. 

The design of this program uses afterschool arts programming to help students learn transferable skills in the following fields, graphic design, coding/web design/app design, digital photography, screenprinting/image reproduction, music and sound production, dance/choreography, and culinary arts.  

Truly creative leaders invite disruptive innovation, encourage others to drop outdated approaches and take balanced risks. They are open-minded and inventive in expanding their management and communication styles, particularly to engage with a new generation of employees, partners and customers.

Studios Programs:

  • Music Production with DJ SMI

  • Screen Printing w/ Quaishawn

  • Culinary Club - Pure to the People

  • Maker Space

  • Trevor C Dance Collective dance/movement

  • Visiting Artist Mentors

Ryan Arts will provide mentors and role models to steer students towards career goals and embrace craft whether it is in the arts or a practical skill. We are grounded in the belief that in order to fulfill the promise of our democracy, all young people, no matter their place in society, should have the opportunity to become more creative and independent thinkers.


A creative practice helps us to create new sites of creative experimentation and transformation; spaces in which we can create, collaborate, document, reflect, and most importantly, engage. It is meant to be accessible, loose, and most importantly, relational. Which is why it is also central to our practice as an organization.

What will we do?

Students will participate in the 

  • Teen program (Tues & Thurs 2-5pm)

  • Independent workshops w/ teaching artists

  • Field trips to artist studios

  • SNACKS EVERYDAY! 2pm-3pm


Learn and Earn 2018

Ryan Arts & Focus On Renewal are a host site for the Partner4Work summer job program Learn and Earn. Students work at one of 8 local sites (2 programs we created in house). Learn & Earn is a six-week summer job program for teens and young adults ages 14-21 and is sponsored by Partner4Work, a public workforce development board for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. 


  • FOR Coding Bootcamp

  • FOR Silkscreen/Mural Project

  • Sto-Rox LIbrary

  • FOR Positive Parenting

  • McKees Rocks CDC

  • Gemini Theater

  • 5 Generations Bakers

  • Butler Gas Company

In 2018 we were able to host 29 students in our program. Students who were accepted completed 1 week of orientation that included soft skill building sessions, field trips to work sites and mock interviews. 

for more info email or call 412 331-1685 ext 310



What is Steel Chef?

Steel Chef is a live cooking competition that will take place in the spring of 2018. The goal of Steel Chef is to provide teens the tools and education they need to improve accessibility to prepare healthier foods, while simultaneously teaching them some entry-level skills needed to work in restaurant kitchens and give exposure to careers within the restaurant industry.