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.


The Spring 2020 application is open. Apply here.
Application deadline: December 30, 2019, 11:59 pm CT.


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

Fall 2019 Schedule

  • LEAP meets for ten weeks on Thursday afternoons, January 23–March 26, 20204:30–6:00 pm at CAM

Teaching Artist-in-Residence

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