Studio 345 is a free, out-of-school youth development program that uses Digital Photography, Digital Media Arts, and Multimedia Design to educate and inspire students to stay in school, graduate, and pursue goals beyond high school. Providing unique experiences for high school students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Studio 345 fosters a sense of belonging and interconnectedness. Taught and mentored by professional working artists, students gain invaluable experiences enabling them to become creative risk-takers and craftsmen while growing emotionally, intellectually, and artistically.
A Proven Model
Inspired by Bill Strickland’s belief that environment shapes behavior, classes are held in contemporary studios and equipped with state-of-the-art technology and complimented with experiences in the community, workplace, and higher education. Since 1972, Manchester Bidwell, founded by Strickland, has attracted national attention for its youth development program.
Spirit Square Center for Arts & Education
(Former Clayworks and Barber Paint Studios)
345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
- School Year Program: Running during the school year, Studio 345 provides unique artistic experiences for students in Grades 9-12 in Mecklenburg County. Students can choose to participate in courses including Music, Graphic Design, Screen printing, Videography, Photography, Mixed Media, and Podcasting.
- Summer Program: A 6-week, project-based program for Middle & High School students that allows for students to engage in multiple art forms, while also gaining relevant arts-infused knowledge from our team of professional instructors, teaching artists, and community partners.
- Studio 345 Journeys Program: A 3-phase experience that includes local hikes and educational sessions, a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and opportunities for the students to advocate within their communities. Available free of cost to Mecklenburg County High School students.
Sponsors and Partners
345 is open to all Charlotte-Mecklenburg County School students in Grades 9-12
who are motivated and committed to develop skills in Digital Photography,
Digital Media Art, and/or Multimedia Design.
Image & Video Gallery