Photo: Abby Gillardi.
Photo: Abby Gillardi.

New Art in the Neighborhood

Since 1995, CAM’s New Art in the Neighborhood (NAN) program has sought to nourish the creative minds of our city’s talented young artists. On Saturday afternoons during the a twelve-week residency in the Fall and Winter/Spring, up to 15 teens, selected through a competitive application process, receive pre-professional-level art instruction from Resident Teaching Artists, museum staff, and visiting artists. NAN artists also are provided with supplies, open studio time, and critique sessions to develop their portfolios. This free and nationally-acclaimed program offers exposure to concepts and materials used in contemporary art practice. 


The Winter/Spring 2022 application deadline: January 10, 2021, 11:59 pm CT. Apply here.


  • Students in grades 9–12 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 2021 Schedule

NAN meets for twelve weeks on Saturdays, noon–4:00 pm, January 22-Feb 26 (break March 5-19) and March 26-Apr 30. Sessions are hosted at CAM and potential offsite locations to be determined.

College Credit

Students who participate in NAN for two consecutive semesters (one calendar year) with a completed art portfolio are eligible for the CAM-University Credit Program. This program awards three hours of college credit to NAN participants who enroll at Webster University or Kansas City Art Institute to go towards bachelor, associate and/or other applicable degree requirements.

Resident Teaching Artist

Fall 2021: Ryan McCartney

Winter/Spring 2022: Misato Peng