(photo courtesy of The St. Louis American)
A Regional Arts Commission operational grant recipient had some welcomed news to start the new year. The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis was just awarded a $15,000 grant from the Bayer Fund to support its New Art in the Neighborhood program. The program gives St. Louis and Illinois-area high school students the chance to work with veteran artists from around the world.
According to a recent article in The St. Louis American, “the free program provides program participants between the ages of 14-18 with more than 50 hours of studio time each semester where they immerse in the principles and tools of contemporary art-making and art history.”
Students in the program are able to explore different mediums: painting, drawing, abstract writing prompts, print magazine writing, and social practice artworks.
The New Art in the Neighborhood program meets on Saturday afternoons during the a twelve-week residency in the Fall and Winter/Spring. According to the Contemporary Art Museum website, 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. Students in the program also are provided with supplies, open studio time, and critique sessions to develop their portfolios. Students interested in the program can learn more here!
More than 700 high school students have participated in the program, and more than 100 local, national and international artists have partnered since its inception.