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Art For All Teen Program

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Through hands-on learning, behind the scenes experiences at local museum and gallery spaces, and mentorship from local arts professionals, this summer program introduces rising juniors and seniors to the diversity of possibilities within the art world.

Application deadline: EXTENDED to March 15, 2024

Program dates: July 9, 2024 – August 2, 2024

Program days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 

Program hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Culminating First Friday gallery event: Friday August 2nd, 4pm-8pm

What to Expect

Develop artistic and cultural literacy

At the IAS, we focus on art that addresses pressing social issues, such as incarceration, climate change, and migration. Through gallery tours at the IAS and other local museums, as well as workshops with visiting artists, you will gain insight into how art can be a vehicle for social change.

Build practical and transferable skills

Through a behind the scenes look at the IAS and hands-on training, you will become familiar with the breadth of careers available in the arts, including art handling, exhibition design, event planning, curation, and communications.

Personal growth

Over the four week program you will build a network of peers and mentors, gain valuable experience in a professional setting, and have opportunities to explore new skills and interests.

This is a compensated learning experience

This program blends work experience in a professional academic gallery with cultural learning opportunities. You will have the opportunity to be compensated for your participation with either community service hours or a small stipend. Transportation and lunches will be provided.

Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors from across Santa Cruz County.

Apply Here.

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Your support is critical. At the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, we believe the arts are essential in society and education, vital in the cultivation of engaged communities and critical thinkers. Your gift, no matter the amount, helps keep the arts flourishing at UC Santa Cruz.