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. 


Applications are currently closed for the Spring 2023 season. Check back this summer—applications for the Fall/Winter 2023 season will open in July.


  • Students in grades 9–12 are eligible to apply
  • The program will be held onsite with possible offsite field trips
  • Participants must live in the greater St. Louis area
  • Selected students are expected to attend all sessions (see schedule below)

Spring/Summer 2023 Schedule

NAN meets for twelve weeks on Saturdays, noon–4:00 pm, Jan 21–Apr 15 (No class on Mar 25) 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 provide a portfolio of work completed during the academic year of NAN and complete a form for the university to consider.

Resident Teaching Artist