For more than a decade the Saint Louis Art Museum has been committed to increasing arts participation within and beyond its walls. Through hundreds cultural, social, professional, and faith-based community partnerships, we seek to build long-term sustainable relationships to engage and educate area residents. The programs listed below are initiatives created, expanded and implemented by the Community Partnerships Department, under the leadership of Renee Franklin.
Art With Us Community Collabortion provides interactive, hands-on art education classes to under-represented youth in collaboration with community and social organizations throughout St. Louis city and county. The program introduces school age children to the Museum’s collections and fosters an interest in the art-making process. During this ten session program, professional artists-in-residence teach outside the Museum assisting students in creating a collaborative work of art inspired by the Museum’s collection. Since 1998, Art with Us has served more than 2500 students. Community sites and CAT Fellows are selected annually. Please contact the Museum for a list of the current sites being served and/or to request a program at your site.
Youth smART provides community organizations, schools and summer programs an opportunity to explore art and culture from around the world. Your group will enjoy a 90-minute experience at the Museum that includes a guided tour, group discussion, and a take home art project. The program is held year-round after school and weekends and daytime in the summer. Since 2000, Summer Youth smART has been led by Teen Assistants, youth between the ages of 15 and 21 who are trained to facilitate the program. Summer Youth smART is a six-week program serving 2000 students each summer. CAT Fellows are hired to support this program.
Friends of African American Art Collectors Circle (FAAA) is dedicated to developing an appreciation of African American art and supporting varied programming and acquisitions to preserve African American art and culture. Programs include lectures and receptions with scholars and artists, special visits to private collections, and curator-guided travel trips. Museum membership is required.
The Museum honors the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through its annual Martin Luther King Freedom Celebration. The program is inspired by the Museum’s magnificent collection of civil rights photographs by renowned photographer, Moneta Sleet. Join the celebration to praise Dr. King through a presentation of the arts — photography, spoken word, song, and music..
The Museum’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration is a wonderful family celebration of African American culture with lively performances of drumming, dance, and spoken word. Kwanzaa is a seven day celebration beginning December 26 that observes Nguzo Saba, the seven guiding principles for strengthening family, community, and cultural values. The Museum presents this program in collaboration with the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. CAT Fellows are hired annually.
Culture Days provide your organizations the opportunity to collaborate with the Museum to design a program to highlight a specific culture, custom, or tradition through the arts. Free guided tours designed to fit the interest and need of your organization can be accompanied by music, food, and dance for a nominal fee.
The Romare Bearden Minority Museum Fellowship is a one-year paid fellowship designed to prepare minority candidates seeking careers as art historians and museum professionals. The Fellow gains valuable hands-on experience working throughout the Museum in various departments while specific assignments are tailored to the Fellow’s background, interests, and Museum needs.
The Teen Assistant Program is an apprenticeship program that helps teenagers gain work experience while taking advantage of leadership and learning opportunities at the Museum. Teen Assistants are hired and trained each summer to give tours on specific collections and are introduced to a wide range of museum professions. In addition to summer employment, Teen Assistants can participate in outreach programs and attend workshops and training during the school year to develop their creative and critical thinking skills.
C.O.R.E. (Community Outreach Reveres Education) Volunteer Program provides significant support to the Museum’s community outreach department by assisting at festivals and special programs both at the Museum and at community venues. C.O.R.E. volunteers are given the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the Saint Louis Art Museum while educating the general public about the arts.