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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

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 |

@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.