Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

What We Do - Special Projects - ArtWorks Summer

ArtWorks - Hired to Create, Inspired to Succeed

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The ArtWorks Summer program is an intensive six-week workforce development program for high school students designed to develop students' 21st Century job skills through apprenticeships in the arts. Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders are hired to apprentice under a professional Master Teaching Artist in an art form of their choice. Apprentices work in small groups, called co-ops, of approximately ten apprentices under the guidance of a single Master Teaching Artist, occasionally with the assistance of an Assistant Teaching Artist. For six hours a day, five days a week, ArtWorks Summer apprentices create exciting original work in theater, dance, music, or visual arts. Master Teaching Artists mentor apprentices and teach them not only the specifics of an arts discipline, but also essential 21st Century skills that transfer to any workplace.

ArtWorks Summer apprentices earn an hourly wage, host public performances and exhibitions of their work, and are provided opportunities to work as professionals on real-world and community-oriented projects, often collaboratively across art forms. Throughout the program, guest speakers from the business, arts and civic community speak with the apprentices about their own careers and the importance of creativity in the workplace. In addition, ArtWorks provides apprentices and their families with workshops on personal finance and the college admissions and financial aid process. All ArtWorks Summer apprentices will leave the program with a portfolio documenting their work, which they are encouraged to share with future employers or schools.


ArtWorks Summer is not a camp. Students who are accepted into ArtWorks Summer are hired as employees of Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and receive an hourly wage. As employees, apprentices are expected to act as professionals and do their best work every day.

ArtWorks Summer is not an arts conservatory program. ArtWorks does not require an audition or submission of a portfolio. ArtWorks uses the experience of working in the arts to teach job skills that are applicable to any career, not just becoming a professional artist.