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.

By providing time and space for deep reflection, which is often missing in our fast paced society, students not only develop a greater appreciation for the artwork and ideas of others, but slow down and make space for their own creative voices to be heard.



St Louis Canvass Project teaching artists specialize in various artistic disciplines, including photography, music, dance, theatre, and more.


The St Louis Canvass Project has developed partnerships with a number of arts and cultural organizations to provide the participating students with enriching and memorable experiences as a result of their visit. The excursions may include visits to museums, theaters, dance or music studios or other creative spaces throughout the region.


The St Louis Canvass Project will be partnering with four sites around the region, Beyond Housing, St. Louis ArtWorks, Intersect Arts Center, and Jazz St. Louis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the St Louis Canvas Project?
The St Louis Canvass Project is a free program for middle school students, grades 6-8,  that utilizes that arts as a tool for unlocking the skills they need to succeed in life – problem solving, collaboration, communication, imagination, and creativity – with a special emphasis on leadership. The program is offered at four sites located around the St. Louis region on one Saturday a month for eight months beginning in October 2018.
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 FOCUS St Louis oversee the curriculum development. Margie Reese and Associates provides their knowledge of the Lincoln Center Education approach, which informs the curriculum design.
What are the four Canvass Project locations?
Middle school students can actively sign up to participate in the Canvass Project at three different sites throughout the region, Beyond Housing in North County, Intersect Arts Center in South St. Louis City, and St. Louis ArtWorks near the Delmar Loop. The fourth site is Jazz St. Louis in Grand Center, which is already full and no longer accepting students. Space is limited at all four locations, so apply today!
What are the arts and culture excursion sites?
Excursions sites will include places such as Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis Art Museum, and Metro Theater Company. New and exciting excursion sites will be added throughout the year!
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.
Who can participate?
Each of the four St Louis Canvass Sites can accommodate up to 30 middle school students. The students need to be enrolled in either the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade to be eligible. Students need written parental consent to participate.
What are the excursion dates?
o October 27

o November 17

o December 15

o January 26

o February 23

o March 16

o April 27

o May 18

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 10:30 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