Teen Museum Studies

We care deeply about serving our community and continue to provide quality education programs within safe learning environments. With safety as our priority, we are prepared to offer Teen Museum Studies (TMS) remotely and/or on-site, depending on the evolving concerns for public health during the summer of 2021. We’ve been adapting our programs to remote learning platforms since the Museum closed in March, and we are confident that we can create a supportive, stimulating, and rewarding TMS 2021. We encourage interested teens to apply.

TMS offers a select group of teens the opportunity to learn about museum careers and gain practical job skills through this innovative program. Participants learn from CAM staff members in all departments—curatorial, public relations, marketing, development, and more—and work collaboratively to curate and organize an exhibition from start to finish in CAM’s Education Gallery. The exhibition features the work of a local artist selected by the students, which premieres with the opening of Fall Exhibitions at CAM in September.


The Summer 2020 application is closed. Watch this page for updates on the 2021 application.


  • Students in grades 9–12 are eligible to apply
  • Applicants and selected participants must have access to a stable internet connection, connection device, webcam, and Zoom app
  • Selected students are expected to attend all sessions (see schedule below)
  • Students who successfully complete the entire program are eligible for a $300 stipend


  • Teen Museum Studies meets for four weeks on Wednesday through Friday, Jul 7–30, 2021, 10am–2:00pm.
  • For part of the class time, we will meet virtually via Zoom.
  • Online sessions will be broken up by independent work, with videoconferencing lasting no longer than 1 ½ hours at a time
<em>Margaret Keller: Botanica absentia</em>, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 6–December 29, 2019. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

Call for Proposals

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis seeks proposals from local artists for an exhibition in CAM’s Education Galleries. The artist selected receives a $1,000 stipend, with the exhibition organized by students in CAM’s Teen Museum Studies (TMS) program.

The application for Summer 2020 has passed. Watch this page for updates on the Summer 2021 application.

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