Art&Life envisions a world where visual art and art historical skills are accessible to a diversity of middle and high school youth in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. This program strives to eliminate the idea that museums and art are only a part of high culture and challenges students to think critically in an unfamiliar discipline. Specifically, Art&Life is an afterschool education program fully planned and taught by UNC students that empowers youth by challenging them to assess their own identities through art history education of western and non-western cultures. Students cultivate writing, public speaking, and analytical skills that promote creativity and success in an academic setting. Our classes give students a background and vocabulary for discussing art history through trips to museums, studio art projects, visits from local artists, and by generally exposing them to not only visual art in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, but also to art from various cultures around the world.