Public Programs at CAM are created to accompany and interpret exhibitions by facilitating open, interactive discussion while integrating contemporary art education and entertainment. 

Through partnerships with the local community, various cultural organizations, and creative individuals, the public programs are designed to provide accessible experiences for a wide range of audiences while promoting meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today.

Opening Nights

Opening Nights

Opening Nights at CAM are exciting and diverse. Held three times a year on the occasion of new Main Gallery exhibitions, each Opening Night welcomes over 1,000 people — from art patrons to art students.

Exhibition Programs

Exhibition Programs

CAM works directly with exhibiting Main Gallery and Front Room artists to design, organize, and present a wide range of engaging public programs.

Lectures

Lectures

Hear from artists, curators, and special guests at talks and lively discussions designed to inform and enlighten the St. Louis community about CAM’s exhibitions and the larger world of contemporary art.

Workshops

Workshops

Workshops are offered on a variety of disciplines and topics ranging from printmaking techniques to electronics. Each exhibition brings a new theme and artists that explore a wide range of subject matter. CAM partners with Front Room or Main Gallery artists, institutions, and the community to provide meaningful experiences with contemporary art and artists. 

Film

Film

CAM presents a variety of programs and events that highlight filmmakers and artists exploring the medium of film today.

Music

Music

CAM often partners with musicians, artists, and organizations to present experimental or new music.

Design

Design

Design is everywhere and the term is informed by many disciplines including art, graphics, architecture, literature, politics, and science. 

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

CAM frequently invites premiere local chefs for a variety of programs ranging from art-inspired tastings to pop-up restaurants in the cafe and bar.

First Fridays

First Fridays

A monthly art walk in Grand Center featuring local music curated by KDHX in CAM’s bar.

Open Studios STL

Open Studios STL

This weeklong event connects the public to artists’ studios across the city, creating a unique opportunity to promote dialogue about art-making in St. Louis.

Sponsors

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Exhibitions, programs, and general operations are privately funded through contributions from generous individuals, corporations, public funders, and foundations.

General operating support is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Wells Fargo Advisors; Arts and Education Council; The Trio Foundation of St. Louis; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Support for CAM’s exhibition program is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer P. Brown; William E. Weiss Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Charter; and the Crawford Taylor Foundation.

Support for CAM’s education initiatives and public programs is provided by Emerson; Maritz; PNC Foundation; The Middle Fund; ArtEffect; Monsanto Fund; Employees Community Fund of Boeing; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; National Endowment for the Arts; The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank, Trustee; Whole Foods Market; Target; Elissa and Paul Cahn; Terry D. Weiss M.D. Youth Education Fund; and The Honey Fund.

Special thanks to ALIVE Magazine; Companion Bakery; FEAST Magazine; KDHX 88.1; Kraftig; Magic Hat; Midwest Valet; North American Breweries; Purus Organic Wheat Vodka; Riverfront Times; Schlafly Beer; and St. Louis Public Radio.