CAM believes strongly in the power of art to change lives.  That’s why we are committed to offering a broad range of programs that bring the arts to hundreds of kids in our community each year. 
 

We specifically focus our attention on middle and high school aged students because they are a group in our community that has traditionally been underserved in the arts. We have been working with teens for over 15 years and just launched our new intensive for middle school aged students. Thanks to the support of our community, these programs are free to all participants. 

 

New Art in the Neighborhood

New Art in the Neighborhood

Since 1995, New Art in the Neighborhood has sought to nourish the creative minds of our city’s talented young artists.  Every Saturday during the school year, up to 20 teens selected through a competitive application process come to CAM for pre-professional level art instruction with educational staff and visiting artists. This nationally-acclaimed program challenges students to adapt to the materials used at the forefront of art today, and it enables them to build a portfolio of work they can use to apply to college or employment.

ArtReach

ArtReach

CAM brings contemporary art and ideas directly to St. Louis Public High School students through the ArtReach program. The program, which is tailored to meet the needs of individual schools and teachers, includes a curriculum-based program of museum tours, school visits, and workshops with artists-in-residence. The program is designed to provide opportunities for raising student awareness of contemporary issues through an exploration of contemporary art.

Teen Museum Studies

Teen Museum Studies

CAM offers an innovative way for teens to learn about museum careers with its Teen Museum Studies program. Held each summer, Teen Museum Studies offers a small group of teens the opportunity to learn from CAM staff members in all departments – from exhibitions to public relations to accounting.  The program culminates in a mini-exhibition planned from start to finish by the teens in the program. 

LEAP Middle School Intensive

LEAP Middle School Intensive

Beginning Fall 2012, CAM’s New Art in the Neighborhood program will launch a Middle School Intensive called LEAP. Designed for the young artist interested in an in-depth exploration of contemporary art practices and mediums, this eight week long after school program gives students the opportunity to work closely with professional St. Louis based artists and educators in an atmosphere of focused attention and mentorship. 

Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Making summer vacation plans? Don’t miss this special week-long half-day summer camp with artist and animator Sarah Paulsen. Learn the ins and outs of stop-motion animation, including how to create collage, claymation, and live action animation videos. Participants will complete their own short film to take home and share at the end of the week.

Sponsors

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.