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.


Please check back for the Fall 2019 application.

  • Fall 2019 September 12–November 14, 2019
    Deadline: August 15, 2019


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

Current Schedule

  • LEAP meets for ten weeks on Thursday afternoons, January 24–March 28, 20194:30–6:00 pm at CAM

Teaching Artist-in-Residence

Meghan Grubb is a St. Louis-based artist working in sculpture and installation. Her practice explores relationships between humans and the spaces we inhabit, drawing on architecture, research into literature, perceptual psychology, optics, and the natural environment. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has received awards and grants including the RAC Artists Fellowship, American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, and nominations to the Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant. Meghan is also a founding member at MONACO, an artist-run commercial gallery in St. Louis.


Sage Dawson
Robin VerHage-Abrams
Jenna Bauer
Peter Pranschke
Emily Hemeyer
Stan Chisholm
Cameron Fuller
Sophie Lipman
Sarah Paulsen