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 Resident Teaching Artists and museum staff in an inclusive atmosphere of community building and mentorship. Up to fifteen students from the greater St. Louis area are selected to focus on one particular contemporary practice or medium each semester. This program is free and all project materials are supplied.


The Winter/Spring 2022 application deadline: January 10, 2022, 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)

Winter/Spring 2022 Schedule

  • LEAP meets for ten weeks on Thursday afternoons, January 20–March 31 (no class Mar 24), 4:30–6:00 pm at CAM and offsite locations to be determined

Resident Teaching Artist