Photo: Abby Gillardi.
Photo: Abby Gillardi.

New Art in the Neighborhood

We care deeply about serving our community and continue to provide quality education programs within safe learning environments. With safety as our priority, we are prepared to offer New Art in the Neighborhood remotely and/or on-site, depending on the evolving concerns for public health during Fall 2020. We have been adapting our programs to remote learning platforms since the museum closed in March, and we are confident that we can create a supportive, stimulating, and rewarding experience. We encourage anyone interested to apply.

Since 1995, CAM’s New Art in the Neighborhood program has sought to nourish the creative minds of our city’s talented young artists. Every Saturday afternoon during the school year, up to 20 teens, selected through a competitive application process, receive pre-professional-level art instruction with educational staff and visiting artists online. This intensive approach provides participating students with opportunities and resources that are not available in their regular school curriculum. This free and nationally-acclaimed program offers students experience with materials used in contemporary art practice. 

Please visit and follow our Instagram accounts to learn more about our programs: @camstl @cam_youthprograms


The Fall/Winter 2021 application will open this spring.

Application deadline:  August 31, 2021, 11:59 pm CT.


  • Students in grades 9–12 are eligible to apply
  • Selected participants must have access to a stable internet connection, connection device, email, webcam, and Zoom app
  • Participants must live in the greater St. Louis area
  • Participants must be able to pick up supplies from the museum before the program begins. 
  • Selected students are expected to attend all sessions (see schedule below)

Spring 2021 Schedule

  • NAN meets for twelve weeks on Saturdays, September 18–December 11, noon–4:00 pm at CAM via Zoom, with a chance to meet in smaller groups at the museum if possible
  • Online sessions will be broken up by breaks, individual instruction, and group and independent work

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.