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.

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The Spring 2020 application is open. Apply here.
Application deadline: December 30, 2019, 11:59 pm CT.


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

Spring 2020 Schedule

  • NAN meets for twelve weeks on Saturdays, January 18–April 4, 2020, noon–4:00 pm at CAM
  • NAN+ meets 10:00 am–noon prior to the regular afternoon session

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.