The St Louis Canvass Project responds to the lack of quality arts programming in too many of the St. Louis region’s schools and the need for more enrichment opportunities for middle school students. The program provides young people with opportunities to discover their creativity and use it as a tool for personal learning and growth.

our goals

Students who participate in the St Louis Canvass Project will:


Develop their own expressive and creative voice


Build confidence in engaging in new and creative experiences


Become more empathetic and respect the differences of others


Gain leadership skills to carry them through the rest of their lives


our curriculum

The St Louis Canvass Project credits Lincoln Center Education program for inspiring a curriculum that is grounded in the concept of “imaginative learning”. This learning framework invites young people to interact with works of art by noticing deeply what they see , touch or hear, and to pose questions, make connections, empathize, recognize ambiguity and practice other ways of thinking that evolve from their interaction with art.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the St Louis Canvas Project?

Developed by the Regional Arts Commission and designed for students in grades 6-8, the St. Louis Canvass Project is a free* youth engagement program that uses the arts to unlock skills students need to succeed in life – problem solving, collaboration, communication, imagination and creativity – with a special emphasis on leadership development. The program is offered during a Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 session at four sites located around the St. Louis region.

Who is making this program happen?

The St Louis Canvass Project is a project of the Regional Arts Commission made possible by a major grant from Wells Fargo Advisors. Springboard to Learning and NCCJ oversee the curriculum development taking inspiration from the Lincoln Center Education approach.

What are the four Canvass Project locations?

Middle school students can actively sign up to participate in the Canvass Project at four different sites throughout the region, Beyond Housing in North County, Central Print in Old North, Intersect Arts Center in South St. Louis City, and The Regional Arts Commission in the Delmar Loop. Space is limited at all four locations, so apply today!

What are the arts and culture excursion sites?

Excursions sites last year included places such as Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis Art Museum, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. New and exciting excursion sites are being added for 2019-2020!

Why and when was it created?

The St Louis Canvass Project was created in the fall of 2017 to fill an important gap in arts enrichment programming for middle school youth and to provide ways for the arts to help young people to better understand and appreciate cultural differences. It was launched in 2018.

Who can participate?

Each of the four St Louis Canvass Sites can accommodate up to 25 middle school students. The students need to be enrolled in either the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade to be eligible. The St. Louis Canvass Project is free to students that live in one of the following school districts: St. Louis Public Schools, School District of University City, Normandy Schools Collaborative, Ritenour School District, Jennings School District, Riverview Gardens School District, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Hazelwood School District. Students living outside of those school districts wishing to participate may do so with a fee. Students will need written parental consent to participate.

What are the excursion dates?


Saturday, September 28

Saturday, October 26

Saturday, November 23


Saturday, February 29

Saturday, March 28

Saturday, April 25

What are the times of the St Louis Canvass Project?

Students need to arrive at their host site by 9 a.m. and will be released for the day at 3 p.m. The excursion will occur mid-day, usually between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Will my student need to bring any money with them to the St Louis Canvass Project?

No, everything students need to have an enjoyable day will be provided to them. This includes snacks, lunch, and drinks as well as transportation to the excursion sites and any admissions.


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6128 Delmar Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63112

Telephone: (314) 863-5811

Fax: (314) 863-6932