Arizona Youth Expressions – AYE!



Arizona Youth Expressions (AYE!) is a four-week writing and performance poetry program for youth ages 13-18. The goal of AYE! is to offer Arizona youth tools to express themselves, to become comfortable presenting their ideas, and to have their poetry published in a printed book upon graduation. AYE! incorporates both workshops and public speaking/performance to achieve measurable outcomes. Classes begin in April for National Poetry Month.


Youth meet every Saturday for a 2-hour workshop, with a public performance on the last Saturday of the month. Maximum of 50 participants per class.

 3 workshops, 2 hours each @ 2 Saturdays per month
 group performance per month (on last Saturday of the month)


$50/youth participant (includes: light refreshments, materials, instruction, and printed collection of group poetry at the end of workshop). Interested in sponsoring a participant? Please see below for more information.

Here is a word from AYE! program coordinator and founder of ARTSNOB:agency, Nik Ridley (read Bio here):

Video Credit: Sevfen Sevante


Your help is vital in offering our youth the opportunity to participate in AYE! We live by the maxim that “It takes a village to raise a child” and our sponsorship model is a community-based approach to funding our programs. We are asking for your support to cover the per-student cost of this 4-week workshop.

Sponsorship levels:

 Daisy – Individual Sponsor ($50)
*sends one youth participant
Recognition on our website
Recognition in printed poetry book

 Yucca – Family Sponsor ($150)
*sends 3 youth participants
Recognition on our website
Recognition in printed poetry book

 Palo Verde – Group Sponsor ($450)
*sends 9 youth participants
Recognition on our website
Recognition in printed poetry book
Logo placement on all t-shirts

 Saguaro – Corporate Sponsor ($1000)
*sends 20 youth participants
Recognition on our website
Recognition in printed poetry book
Logo placement on all t-shirts
Logo displayed at events

We use PayPal to process your contributions – you won’t need to have a PayPal account to continue. Just click the secure button below and thank you in advance for your support!



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Please provide us with any additional information or questions that you may have about our program and/or sponsorship levels.


Seeing is believing – so here’s a relevant example of past ARTSNOB:agency youth projects – this one with CEC Academy in Denver, Colorado with Ron Jolly and his music production class:


Parlor/Fresh is more than a showcase – it’s a love bazaar. A love for art. A love for culture. A love for everything FRESH.

P/F is also artist education, development, and consultation. All too often, the artist community has an abundance of talented creatives, but lack key ingredients in taking their art to the next level. It takes the proper mix of marketing, promotion, and developing key relationships to really make things happen.

This is where Parlor/Fresh comes in…

Not only do we select and feature highly-skilled artists and performers, but we also provide education, development, and consultation in the areas of marketing, promotion, and professional networking. Our holistic approach provides a “360 degree” experience for the artist, sponsors, patrons, and our event attendees.

Most importantly, Parlor/Fresh provides a concrete, measurable takeaways that artists can use after their showcase. And though this opportunity is not free, it’s a lesson in, “teach a person to fish…” That said…

Our Program and Method includes:

  • Conduct 30 minute phone consultation (for every participant);
    *We pair each artist with a P/F Team Mentor for a 30-minute consultation to strategize and assess how we can get the most out of their showcase.
  • Assign each participant a personal profile on’s official website;
    *Highlights the artist, their work, bio, etc.
  • Provide “Branding + Marketing 101” Workshop AND “Building Relationships – How to Sell Your Dream” Workshop;
    *Our P/F Mentor Team conducts two, 2-hour workshops focused on Branding, Marketing, Promotion, and Building Relationships.
  • Professional Networking Event + Parlor/Fresh Showcase – featuring YOU!
    *We sponsor an industry night to network, build, and offer a space to create opportunities and establish rapport with the community and each other.

Interested in submitting your work to be considered for ARTSNOB:agency’s May ’08 Parlor/Fresh showcase @ The Duce? Hit us up.

Source: Arizona Highways TV

COLLAB: Nik Ridley Custom Art @ City Royals Menswear (Scottsdale, AZ)

When FASHION meets ART! New custom wearable art pieces coming soon!


This expose was special. Not only in its promotion for art as wellness and education, but also because Ron Jolly, his students and I have worked together before when we recorded, mixed and mastered a song that got placed in an indie feature film.

I have personally witnessed the power of art in teaching children valuable life skills and promoting wellness. Seeing the impact Ron has in his class and the positive outcomes, it just made sense to highlight his audio engineering program and to hear the importance of art from the students themselves. How they feel. What they think. The practical ways that art helps them in life.

Working alongside FelixFast4Ward added an element that words can’t describe. We also have worked together in music and theater, and there aren’t many people that are just…genuine, humble AND super talented. And, true to form, he came through – an experience we’ll all remember. Thanks, Fe 🙂

-Nik Ridley

Special thanks to Ron Jolly and CEC Learning College Students (Denver, CO):
ReAnn Jacobs
Stephannie Jimenez-Marrufo
Tomas Montoya III
Abraham Rodriguez-Zambrano
Bryan Torres-Zavala
Valentin Gomez

The Backdrop

REPOST : For years I used to trip of being “slim” – (I’ve been the same weight since High School). Being called skinny and bony and frail (and all that) used to get to me. Especially as a man in this body-conscious country. *Note: I was NOT the dude getting sand kicked in my face – for the record. I was never that guy. I digress… I was good in sports and athletic, but I would try weight gain protein, lifting, stuffing my face, drinking high-carb beer..and so on. Nuthin. I realized how I overcompensated by being a huge risk-taker, challenging, and just not giving a damn. And, admittedly, I LIKE pissing on fire hydrants. Once again, I digress… I must add that I have also benefited greatly from this experience. It made me strong-minded. And resilient. Anyone on this Facebook thang, that knows me, knows that I’ve been through hell (like you). Put myself through hell (like you). And I’m still standing (like you). But one thing I HAVE been is: 100. I’ve never been fake. I’ve never kissed ass. I’ve sacrificed a lot for what I believe in. And everyone knows, I Will Stand Alone. My point is this: Who gives a shit? Do you. Be me. Love, the skinny guy. And I love you. We all have our insecurities. I thank you for allowing a space to have shared mine. Happy Monday Fama and Friends!! Love yourself. Completely. #artsnobagency

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Nik Ridley Art Exhibit and Book Signing (Update)!

Peace Fama & Friends! Join me for my debut solo art exhibit and book reading, “Love is Active – A Small Guide to Save Your Mind” @ Edgy Gallery in Mesa (AZ). FREE Admission and books are for sale online at: (Amazon, Kindle, and BookPatch). There will also be FRESH Art available to purchase. We’re changing the world – you and me.

Love is Active. Art is Life. Come thru! #100 -NR

@ Edgy Gallery | 4-9PM | 14 N Robson | Mesa, AZ |

Artist Rule #2387

Artsnob Phoenix Art Meetup Testimonial

Workshop: 4 Easy Steps to Market and Sell Your Art

There is a science to everything, and selling your art is no exception. One problem is that few of us ever had a mentor, and another issue is that we often have a misunderstanding of what marketing is – we make it far too difficult (and ineffective).

I will show you 4 simple steps that will help you sell your art, without selling YOURSELF. The first, is necessary, the last, not an option. This workshop is not an infomercial or sleazy sales function. Be prepared to have a working document (literally, a blueprint) that you will be able to execute immediately. Materials are provided. Fee: $20 per person.


LIVE Paint @ High Point Shoes (Scottsdale, AZ)

Saturday, November 25th from 11-4 pm we will have @artsnobagency showing his work and doing some live painting at the shop!
7135 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 175
Scottsdale AZ, 85251

travels | Phoenix art museum

What distinguishes the Phoenix Art Museum is its beautiful architecture. I was amazed at the layout and design which uses stone, steel, and glass in such a unique way. The open space has a minimalist feel to it that I am fan of. Of course, the artwork was stellar, with a focus on quality over quantity. If you’re ever in Phoenix you’ll want to check it out – you won’t be disappointed. I’ve included some eye-candy for your viewing pleasure. Peace!




Book Signing + Art Exhibit
Love is Active: A Small Guide to Save Your Mind by Nik Ridley
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
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(Mesa, AZ)
Join us as Edgy Gallery and Artsnob:agency presents “Love is Active: A Small Guide to Save Your Mind” book signing and solo art exhibit by local fine artist, Nik Ridley.

Love is Active: A Small Guide to Save Your Mind is a book about love being an active, living force and not merely an emotional construct. LIA is an artistically humanistic guide, complete with interactive exercises, that expand the notion of living a healthy and loving lifestyle by offering practical solutions to today’s challenging issues.

An opening reception is Saturday, December 2nd, from 4-9:00 p.m., where Ridley will be reading excerpts from his book and exhibiting fresh fine art. Join us for a night of great energy, music, and light refreshments as we celebrate life and our shared experience. Family friendly.

About the Author/Artist:
A recent Phoenix transplant from Denver, Nik Ridley’s work is urban-inspired and sensual in nature and explores what he coins, “urban abstract primalism.” Of his influences, Ridley states, “Basquiat, Picasso, Kahlo and Eddie Barnes are my heroes – their stories and imagination have always resonated with me, especially their approach to color and form.

For additional information:
Phone: (720) 461-3976
Book Website:
Artsnob:agency Website:

Venue Info:
Edgy Gallery
14 N Robson
Mesa, Arizona, AZ 85201

travels | Sedona, AZ

Sedona is truly breathtaking. Nestled in the mountains of Arizona, this world-renown hub of art and spirituality lives up to its reputation as hub for progressives, artisans, shopkeepers, and unique experiences. I had a ball. From the craft beer to the unexpected downpour – Sedona is one of a kind!

travels | Utah

This was my first time visiting Utah and I couldn’t believe how BIG the sky is (and that I never journeyed there before). And the rock structures. And sun. Unbelievable. Traveling through the reservations was also a special experience for me and I could literally feel the energy – you know you’re in God’s country. I’ve included some photos that I’m sure will blow your mind. Utah is, in a word, dope!

from the mouths of masters

“If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.”
Albrecht Durer
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
Pablo Picasso
“I wish they would only take me as I am.”
Vincent Van Gogh
“Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.”
“Art is never finished, only abandoned”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
Kurt Vonnegut
“There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”
Mark Rothko
“Art, Undeniably, is conducive to happiness.”
“Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.”
Vincent Van Gogh
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso
“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
Andy Warhol

@artsnobagency | won | Nik Ridley

“Won” | Acrylic+Canvas | 24″x30″ | Nik Ridley. 2017. | $3300 |

Jack and Jill
Walked in a garden,
Leaving bread crumbs behind them
On a yellow brick road.
-Nik Ridley

@artsnobagency | “mirrors” | Nik Ridley

“Mirrors” | 30×36 | acrylic+canvas | Nik Ridley. 2017 | All Rights Reserved.
We often see ourselves as separate from what we are experiencing – the people, places, things. Mirrors is an interpretation of the singleness of Life, and how it is a connected reflection of our own Self. In this, there is an inherent accountability and freedom from one’s perceived condition. -Nik Ridley

@artsnobagency | mother | Nik Ridley

“Mother” | 30×36 | acrylic+canvas | Nik Ridley. 2017. All Rights Reserved.
With each step is a million years of experience. She birthed into this world the dreams we all are. She is my Mother. Your Mother. Her Mother. Joi is her name, and you can find her in the hills singing a prayer – what Love will do. -Nik Ridley

@artsnobagency | she is muse | Nik Ridley

“She Is Muse” | Acrylic+Canvas | 24″x30″ | Nik Ridley. 2017. |
This piece honors the “Muse” – the inspiring energy that animates the artist. When we speak of inspiration, I conceive a…messenger from God that delivers a “message” via color/sight/sound/experience. We are receptacles, or containers, of an etheric download. #Ptah
-Nik Ridley

@artsnobagency | ties | Nik Ridley

“Ties” | Acrylic+Canvas | 24″x30″ | Nik Ridley. 2017. |
Relationships are the Bedrock of society. It is the essence and sweetness of life, and the purpose of living – so that we could all know and experience one another. This piece honors our relationships and the ties that bind us all, together. May we all know, and practice, Love for one another.

@artsnobagency | eye and eye | Nik Ridley

“Eye and Eye” | Acrylic+Canvas | 30″x40″ | Nik Ridley. 2017. | $3200 |
Our blood carries messages from the past, literally manifesting who we are, presently. It is the Oneness that we all share – the Source (the I and I). This is in honor of my Bajan bloodline (Barbados) – in honor of our Primal self. In the beginning…we were One. And still are. #AllConnected

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