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St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art receives scholarship

“By supporting these young creatives and helping them apply their skills in a variety of fields, we are investing in a better future for all of us.”

ST. LOUIS – Since 1995, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) flagship adolescent education program, New Art in the Neighborhood (NAN), exposed high school students in the St. Louis and Illinois area to training, education and development opportunities from senior artists around the world.

The free program offers program participants aged 14 to 18 over 50 hours of studio time each semester where they immerse themselves in the principles and tools of contemporary artistic creation and art history.

“Some students go to schools with great art programs, while other schools may not have strong art programs,” said Michelle Dezember, director of learning and education. CAM commitment. “We want to make sure this is the students’ first exposure or if it’s a bonus for them, they have access to things that they otherwise wouldn’t have experienced.

Dezember said that some of the past projects that the young artists have worked on are painting, drawing, abstract writing prompts, print magazine writing, and social practice artwork, where the material they use. work is the community.

CAM’s NAN program recently received a $ 15,000 grant from the Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening customer-employee relationships in food and nutrition resources.

“Over the years, grants made through the Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of the Bayer Fund. “We are proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help tackle challenges such as food insecurity, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, and patient and family support services. that manage an illness or disease.

Dezember expressed gratitude for awarding the grant to CAM and said the honor comes when artists return to the museum’s studio after a period of virtual learning.

“By supporting these young creatives and helping them apply their skills in various fields, we are investing in a better future for all of us,” she said. “NAN supports the expansion of recognized leadership and career skills for adolescents, such as critical thinking skills, creativity and adaptability. Graduates of the program have pursued careers in various sectors, as professional artists, teachers, engineers, healthcare professionals, researchers, analysts, etc.

Applications for the Winter / Spring 2022 New Art in the Neighborhood cohort are available until January 10 at 11:50 a.m. CT.

Over 700 high school students have participated in the program and over 100 local, national and international artists have partnered since its inception.

“It’s a space where we really think about the great opportunity we have as a museum to see next generation artists and the magic that comes with it,” Dezember said.

To find out more about the Bayer Fund, click here: https://www.fund.bayer.us.

For more information and to apply, visit the CAM website: camstl.org/programs/teens/new-art-in-the-neighbourhood/.