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What is Studio 3?

Studio 3 is a community art studio and gallery by and for young artists, Black, Brown, Indigenous artists, and artist activists.


What Does Studio 3 Do?

The mission of Studio 3 is to center the voices, art and stories of young people, Black, Brown, Indigenous people of color, and individuals who utilize the arts as an expression, exploration, or act of social justice.  

We host:

1. Art workshops for kids and families that explore art-making and storytelling as community building and care.

2. Art-based professional development for adults who are raising, caring for, working with, or supporting kids and families.

3. Creative Community Conversations (C3) for resident and neighborhood groups, parent-teacher groups, local community groups, and local organizations and businesses that use the arts to facilitate dialogue that promotes anti-racism, anti-bias, equity and healing justice in our community.

4. Exhibitions that seek to elevate the work and amplify the voices of young artists, Black, Brown, Indigenous artists, and artists activists.

Why 3?

We chose the name Studio 3 for our community arts space as an expression of our belief in the power of 'third spaces' in our community.  Third spaces are described by cultural and post-colonial theorist Homi K. Bhabha and sociologist Ray Oldenburg as communal spaces that are established outside of home, work, and school, and serve as anchors of community life that facilitate and foster creative interaction.  Third spaces are not governed by any one political, religious, cultural, or social agenda rather they foster the sharing and co-creation of new knowledge that is inclusive of the histories and experiences of all members of the community.  These spaces are vital to democracy and civic engagement, and allow for opportunities that amplify voices of people who lack social privilege and provide communities that are typically marginalized a sense of place. 

When is Studio 3 Open?

Currently we are open by appointment but you can check out our calendar of upcoming programs and events here! Subscribe here to get updates!

The invisibility and underrepresentation of Black, Brown, Indigenous, non-binary, LGBTQ, disabled and neurodiverse people, and the lack of spaces that center their art and stories, impedes the learning and development of equity and social justice.  In an effort to address this and to model changemaking in our community for our young people, we strive to create spaces that center the art of individuals and groups that are intentionally othered and marginalized, amplify the voices that are often silenced, and uplift the stories that go unheard.

- Melissa Raman Molitor, ATR-BC, LCPC
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