Wednesday, August 11, 2021, to Friday, October 1, 2021

Artists Ink’s Late Summer Program begins on Wednesday August 11 and will last a total of eight weeks ending on Friday October 1, 2021. During these eight weeks, Artists Ink will have all three of their programs running but starting at different times.


On Wednesday, August 11, TXO will begin this new season of programming as they move on from writing to pre-production of East Side Cenicienta for a potential live theatrical performance in December. Next, is the newly revamped Nepanoa: Artists Gathering. A collaborative program with Baktun12. Nepanoa will take place every other Friday and each class with be formatted as a Freeform or Master Class. Finally, Creative Leaders returns on August 25, with a new project titled Capturing the Vision: A Smartphone Mini-Documentary, where the creative leaders will create a personal vision statement. During this program the students will learn about sound design, storytelling, filming, acting, and storyboarding.


If you’re interested in joining any of these programs you can sign up at the bottom of the page.

Creative Leaders Program

Wednesday 5pm-7pm

Age: 14-19

The Creative Leaders Program is a diverse art program that provides high school and early college students an opportunity to hone their artistic talents and develop leadership skills while creating original art as a tool to educate, inspire and uplift the community

Late Summer Programming

Capturing the Vision: A Smartphone Miini-Documentary

Creating a unique personal vision statement is a powerful way to bring meaning and purpose to one’s life: keeping us motivated when times get tough by reminding us why we’re doing what we’re doing and keeping us focused only on those actions that bring us closer to fulfilling our vision.

The goal of this project is to have students explore their personal values and allow them to share those in a documentary style from their own point of view so they can lead meaningful and purposeful life.


Academic Subjects/Disciplines

  • Sound Design / Music
  • Storytelling / Writing
  • Acting
  • Film
  • Drawing

Teatro Xochitl Ollin

Thursday 4pm-6pm

Age: 7-14

A youth storytellers’ group. From theater, animation, radio plays, photography to film. Students in TXO learn a variety of art formsto help tell their stories.

Late Summer Programming

Pre-production of East Side Cenicienta

Project info Coming Soon



Nepanoa: Artists Gathering

Collaborative Program with Baktun12

Friday 6:30pm-8pm

Age: 20+

A collaborative space for professional and emerging artists to share, learn and experiment. Grounded in our cultura and the stories of our community, we invite artists of all backgrounds to come together and create. Program serves Salinas-Monterey County community members ages 20 and up with an emphasis on the Alisal community. Nepanoa will be hosted by Artists Ink’s Lilo and Baktun12’s Daniel C.

Meeting every other Friday


Freeform + Feature Artist: Open space for Artists to talk, create and hold collective space. Includes (but not limited to) open dialogue, small art exercises, and feature artists to discuss their art form, what inspires their art and what are any future projects.


Master Class: Featuring professional artists that provide a “Master Class” on their art form, from specialized art sessions to speaking on their artistic journey, experience, tools to improve your own artform, portfolio and network, and much more.

Partnerships & Collaborations

A collaborative partnership between Artists Ink and other local nonprofits, school union, community outreach organizations, or other artists. The goal of these partnerships is to build upon the work we have done previously, while Innovating new cross-sector partnerships with the arts that bridge the digital divide and develop 21st Century Skill. Partnerships and Collaborations consist of Community-Based programs and School-Based programs.

Current Project

Community Needs Assessment and Deployment

Through this collaboration Artists Ink will work with Digital Nest “Tech Squad” youth  to aid in the development of creative outreach and deployment of community needs for the Salinas community. 

Returning in September

YOLI Arts - Youth Online Learning and Integration of Art.

To better serve and address the needs of both the teachers and students and preserve the presence of art in the schools, Artists Ink has developed the YOLI ARTS (Youth Online Learning and Integration of Art). Through this program Artists ink will provide virtual arts programming that supports the 4th-grade standard history curriculum. 

Current Project

LUCIR: Chamacos Animated Project

Incorporating the research data and the creative ideas of the LUCIR students, Artists Ink will teach students how to create their own animated PSA’s that inform and inspire their community to utilize safe cleaning products in their home. Artists Ink guided students from the basics of storytelling and creating dialogue to understanding the guidelines of animation and sound design. 

Past Projects & Collaborations

These are in-house and collaborative projects Artists Inks has worked on since the incarnation of the nonprofit in 2013. Some of the collaborators are Baktun12, Hartnell Community College, Western Stage, National Steinbeck Center, Youth Speaks, and CounterPulse

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