As part of the Museum’s community engagement with neighborhood communities, CAM partners with schools and community organizations to provide museum tours, off-site visits, professional development, and workshops with artists and arts educators.
CAM partners with K-12 schools—including many of the St. Louis public middle and high schools—to provide curriculum-based programs for classes, museum tours, and workshops with artists. Additionally, the museum hosts an “exchange program,” in which for every school the Museum visits offsite, CAM provides bus transportation for an onsite field trip to the Museum, giving students and teachers access to current exhibitions. Learn more about our different engagement programs below:
- Drop-In Workshops bring Contemporary Art Museum to the classroom. During a Workshop, a museum educator leads a workshop that draws inspiration from exhibitions currently on view at the museum and consists of a presentation and art project. Workshop projects are scaled for different age groups/grades and can be completed within one or two class periods. CAM provides all project-specific supplies. Interested in bringing CAM to your classroom for a Drop-In Workshop? Click HERE to fill out a Workshop Request Form. Workshops should be requested at least four weeks prior to your preferred program date. Please allow 3–5 business days for confirmation. Programs may be scheduled Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
- Intensives are longer duration, multi-week engagements with CAM educators and local artists. Intensive curricula are contemporary art-driven and can be tailored to the requesting teacher’s grade levels and curricular goals. Interested in bringing CAM to your classroom for an Intensive? Contact School and Community Programs Manager Miriam Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vashon High School Partnership
Vashon High School, located within CAM’s 1-mile radius, has lacked any consistent art programming for five years. CAM works with the school in order to provide sophomore students with access to local teaching artists and a project-oriented curriculum. This educational partnership is a year-long intensive designed to offer CAM resources to local students and maximize the Museum’s impact and influence in the neighborhood. CAM is actively engaged at the school, and serves as a conduit for further engagement with the Museum through exhibition tours, workshops, and the opportunity to enroll in such programs as New Art in the Neighborhood and Teen Museum Studies.
Through CAM’s ArtBus, a mobile art studio, the Museum brings hands-on art experiences directly into neighborhoods throughout St. Louis, visiting schools, community centers, festivals, street fairs, and more. Please visit our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the ArtBus.
Art Educator Professional Development
CAM is dedicated to making itself available as a resource for St. Louis educators. Once a year, CAM offers St. Louis Public School art educators a professional development day in which museum educators hold seminars, workshops, and share lesson plans that focus on topics, trends, and media related to contemporary art. CAM also stays in touch with St. Louis area art educators through a regular newsletter including events and learning opportunities for teachers and students. CAM also hosts such educator-focused social events as Area Educator First Friday, which includes special tours for teachers.
AP Portfolio Day
Each December, CAM hosts an Advanced Placement (AP) Portfolio day at the museum. More than seventy high-school students each year receive reviews of their artwork and practice from five experienced art professors and professional artists. The students gain knowledge about technique, form, concept, and theory, as well as insights into group critique and peer-to-peer review, preparing them for university portfolio days and college admissions and/or art school recruitment. Students may also sign up for one-on-one portfolio reviews at the event.
CAM offers numerous opportunities for integrating contemporary art into university life, including tailored tours, classroom visits, and event partnerships. CAM also welcomes internship applications from local students.
Our Neighborhood: 1-Mile Radius
CAM is dedicated to engaging with and serving its immediate neighbors. Through this ongoing initiative CAM works toward making the museum a trusted community hub for contemporary art and enrichment.
For more information and to inquire about ArtReach services, please contact Miriam Ruiz at email@example.com or 314.535.0770 x214.