Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm-5pm

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


What do you get?

Students will participate in..

  • 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
  • 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



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Truly creative leaders invite disruptive innovation, encourage others to drop outdated approaches and take balanced risks.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. 

Program Breakdown

Each student worked at their assigned worksite for 20 hours per week (Monday - Thursday) and 5 hours on Fridays for Professional Skill Building Sessions that include

  • Digital Skill Building (resume building, computer skills, networking social media sites, etc)
  • Worksite Reflection - These sessions identified and resolved worksite conflicts, assisted students in developing an individual development plan, and reviewed professional skills gained at their worksite. 
  • Financial Literacy - First Commonwealth Bank sponsored these sessions that helped students understand budgeting their income, saving, balancing their accounts, and planning for future expenses. 

Each student will leave with a Resume and Portfolio of works completed.

for more info email pspynda@forstorox.org or call 412 331-1685 ext 310