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, 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 2021 application deadline:  August 31, 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)

Fall 2021 Schedule

  • NAN meets for twelve weeks on Saturdays, September 18–December 11, noon–4:00 pm at CAM 

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

Ryan McCartney