Wednesday, June 23, 2021, to Friday, July 30, 2021

Artists Ink’s Summer Programming begin on Wednesday June 23 and will last a total of six weeks ending on Friday July 30, 2021. During these six weeks Artists Ink will have all three of their programs running. Wednesday will feature the Creative Leaders program and they will have five weeks of workshops with each workshop focusing on a different discipline of art. The TXO program will continue working on East Side Cenicienta script for a potential live theatrical performance in the fall. Nepanoa will take place every other Friday and it will be a collaborative program with Baktun12. 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

Summer Programing


During our Summer Programming the Creative Leaders Program’s Online Sessions will include art and leadership workshops that can range in a variety of different art disciplines like visual art, creative writing, music, and sound design, graphic design, community advocacy, and social justice. Our workshops will also include specialized sessions that provide Professional Development (i.e., resume/portfolio, building, headshots, etc.).


Workshop Wednesdays

  • 6/23 – Lisa Lopez / Visual Artist
  • 6/30 – N/a
  • 7/7 – Kenya Burton / Spoken Word Artist
  • 7/14 – Alejandro Gomez / Music
  • 7/21 – Lalo Alcaraz / Author, Artists, Cartoonists
  • 7/28 – Fall Programming Discussion

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.

Summer Programming

Script Writing of East Side Cenicienta

Project info Coming Soon




Friday 6pm-8pm

Age: 20+

A collaborative space for professional and emerging artists to space 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 do what we do best, CREATE!

New Format Coming This Summer

Collaborative Program with Baktun12

Nepanoa returns this summer with a brand new format, meeting every other Friday beginning on June 25, 2021. During the summer period, Nepanoa will be a collaborative project with the local nonprofit Baktun12.


More info Coming Soon

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.

Upcoming Collaboration

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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