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. From in-depth art training to broad school outreach initiatives, we are proud of the small yet meaningful ways our programs make a difference for the youth of St. Louis.
We specifically focus our attention on teens 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 have found that the ideas found in contemporary art resonate well with this age group. Thanks to the support of our community, we make these programs free to all participants.
New Art in the Neighborhood
Since 1995, our 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 intensive approach presents participating students with opportunities and resources that are not available in their regular school curriculum. Now in its 15th year, 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. We are thrilled to report that 100% of students graduating from the program during the last decade have gone on to college.
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
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.