Photo: Abby Gillardi.
Photo: Abby Gillardi.

New Art in the Neighborhood

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, come to CAM for pre-professional-level art instruction with educational staff and visiting artists. 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. With the addition of NAN+, an optional morning program that meets prior to the afternoon session, students may focus on building and strengthening portfolios suitable for applications for university study or employment.

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 to go towards bachelor, associate and/or other applicable degree requirements.

Please visit our Facebook page to learn more about the program.


Application for Fall 2018 opens May 1, 2018. Apply here.
Deadline extended to August 15, 2018.


  • Students in grades 9–12 are eligible to apply
  • Selected students for NAN and NAN+ are expected to attend all sessions (see schedule below)


  • NAN meets for eleven weeks on Saturdays, September 8–November 17, noon–4:00 pm at CAM
  • NAN+ meets 10:00 am–noon prior to the regular afternoon session
  • Class sessions: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 10, 17