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.


Application for Fall 2018 opens May 15, 2018. Click here to apply.
Deadline extended to August 15, 2018.


  • Students in grades 6–8 are eligible to apply
  • Selected students are expected to attend all sessions (see schedule below)


  • LEAP meets for ten weeks on Thursday afternoons, September 13–November 15, 4:30–6:00 pm at CAM
  • Class sessions: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 8, 15