New Art in the Neighborhood 2023-24 cohort with artist Paul Chan. Photo: CAM staff.
New Art in the Neighborhood 2023-24 cohort with artist Paul Chan. Photo: CAM staff.

New Art in the Neighborhood

Since 1995, CAM’s New Art in the Neighborhood (NAN) program has sought to nourish the diverse and creative minds of our city’s talented young artists. On Saturday afternoons during the 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 combines project-based learning with open studio exploration by introducing new art practices while also responding to their processes and curiosities. This fosters an experimental and supportive environment for artists from varying skill levels or backgrounds.

The majority of the projects are developed and guided by the Resident Teaching Artist, but NAN artists also have open studio time, visiting artist workshops and critique sessions to develop their personal portfolios. This free and nationally-acclaimed program offers exposure to concepts and materials used in contemporary art practices.


Applications for the Fall/Winter 2024 season are now open. The deadline to apply is August 26, 2024 at 11:59 PM CT.


  • Students in grades 9–12 are eligible to apply
  • The program is held onsite with potential field trips
  • Transportation support is available where needed
  • Participants must live in the greater St. Louis area
  • Selected students are expected to attend all sessions (see schedule below)


NAN meets for twelve weeks on Saturday afternoons from 12:00–4:00 pm on the following dates:

Fall/Winter 2024: Sep 14–Dec 7
Spring/Summer 2025: Jan 18–Apr 19

Classes take place at CAM and offsite locations that are to be determined.

College Credit

Artists who participate in a full year of the program are eligible to apply for college credit at Webster University and/or the Kansas City Art Institute. Interested students must be enrolled in the university and be able to provide a portfolio of work completed during the academic year of NAN and complete a form for the university to consider.

2022-23 Resident Teaching Artist