LEAP Middle School Initiative

Designed for the young artist interested in an in-depth exploration of contemporary art practices and mediums, this free ten-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. Fifteen students from the greater St. Louis area are selected to focus on one particular contemporary practice or medium each semester. All project materials are supplied.

Please visit and follow our Instagram accounts to learn more about our programs: @camstl @cam_youthprograms


The Fall/Winter 2021 application deadline: August 31, 2021, 11:59 pm CT. Apply here.


  • Students in grades 6–8 are eligible to apply
  • The program will be held onsite with COVID protocols in place including required mask use, social distancing, and capacity restrictions
  • Participants must live in the greater St. Louis area
  • Selected students are expected to attend all sessions (see schedule below)

Fall 2021 Schedule

  • LEAP meets for ten weeks on Thursday afternoons, September 16–November 18, 2021, 4:30–6:00 pm at CAM

Resident Teaching Artist