ArtReach Teaching Residency

CAM seeks local artists to develop a project-oriented curriculum for Vashon High School art students in collaboration with CAM Learning and Engagement staff and Vashon faculty for Spring 2020. Now in its third year, CAM’s partnership with the school provides Vashon students with an innovative art curriculum in which students work directly with a resident artist during each quarter. Completed student projects are displayed at CAM as well as at other galleries in the St. Louis metro area. CAM’s ArtReach Vashon Partnership was officially recognized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2019.


Apply here. Applications for Spring 2020 are due November 24, 2019. 

Please email with any questions.


The Residency will take place during the 2019-2020 school year. Each residency will be approximately 10 weeks long (see below for residency sessions). The artist will receive a stipend of approximately $1,300. If selected the artist must be available throughout the entirety of a quarter to:

  • Respond to time-sensitive e-mail correspondence throughout and leading up to the program
  • Work with the School and Community Programs Manager to develop curriculum that will enable the classes to acquire the knowledge, skills, and technique required to complete their respective projects
  • Be present for approximately 40 hours of classroom instruction
  • Help/direct/be present for final installation/opening night/other culminating events
  • Preference is given to artists who have prior teaching experience


  • Third quarter: Jan 6Mar 6, 2020
  • Fourth quarter: Mar 9May 21, 2020

CAM is accepting applications for the third and fourth quarters of the second semester.

Curriculum Goals

  • Expose the students to the artistic techniques and creative process of the artist’s practice (past projects include sculpture/installation, papermaking, printmaking, digital portraiture, and large-scale narrative paintings)
  • Give students a platform for self-discovery and expression
  • Expose students to the manifold occupational options in the arts
  • Increase student visual literacy and their ability to articulate ideas

Vashon High School Partnership

Founded in 1927, Vashon is the second oldest historically black high school west of the Mississippi River. Vashon has been a focus of the St. Louis Public School initiative to raise performance levels via partnerships with community organizations. In 2017, after approximately five years of operating without a consistent art program, Vashon collaborated with CAM to bring a new, innovative art curriculum to the school. Each quarter, CAM has invited a new resident artist to devise an original and challenging project for two introductory art classes and guide students to the project’s completion.

Vashon High School is located at 3035 Cass Ave, St. Louis, MO 63106.