Photo: CAM staff.
Photo: CAM staff.


A new joint program by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

How do artists use their voices to tell important stories of social change? How can we amplify the issues we care about and create change?

AMPLIFY invites middle and high school students to explore different aspects of art and social justice through interactive tours and art-making. Schools are welcome to register for one visit to a single institution or multiple visits across institutions in April and May 2024.

AMPLIFY: Transform Your Hood

Location: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes

Drawing inspiration from the artist Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited press, students will explore the relationship between image and text as they lend their voices to the social and political issues that concern them the most. Students will express the slogans and messages they create in poster form as they consider the impact that a national election will have on the future of the country.

  • Requests should be made 2 weeks prior to your preferred tour date. Please allow 3–5 business days for confirmation.
  • Please fill out a registration form for each program of interest.
  • Tours at CAM are offered Tuesday through Friday, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. If you desire a day and time outside of this availability, please submit your request and we will do our best to accommodate your group.
  • Tours are limited to a group size of 25 people arriving at one time.
  • Transportation assistance is available on a first come, first served basis.

For additional information about our tours or to make changes to a scheduled tour, please email or call 314.535.4660.

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Connections to Missouri Learning Standards

Missouri Visual Arts Standards: VA:Cr2C, VA:Re7A, VA:Re7B, VA:Cn10A 

Missouri Social Studies Standards: 9-12.GV.1.PC.A

AMPLIFY at partner institutions

AMPLIFY: Streets of Our Future

  • Location: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Students will learn about connections between urban design and environmental justice by exploring the St. Louis–based artist Kahlil Robert Irving’s installation made up of sculptures and replicas of everyday objects that together recall the city street. Students will collaborate to design a city street of the future that considers the health of their community.


AMPLIFY: Earth—Environmental Design

  • Location: Pulitzer Arts Foundation 

Rain gardens are a way to beautify communities, help reduce pollutant runoff from entering the water supply, and reintroduce indigenous plants and animals to the area. Through this tour, students will discuss the importance of ecologically-centered design practice and how small-scale interventions impact change in our communities.


AMPLIFY: Stories of Resistance

  • Location: Saint Louis Art Museum 

Students will explore artworks and stories that celebrate ways artists (or their subjects) have overcome obstacles, repurposed materials or ideas, or used their unique perspectives and creativity to advocate for inclusive communities and values. Following the tour, students will engage in art-making to more deeply examine themes from the tour in relation to their own lived experiences.