Ends on April 12, 2019

Application deadline: April 12, 2019

LOCUST ART BUILDERS (LAB): Summer Art Intensive for Teens 

Create and collaborate this summer with Locust Projects!

Applications are now open for the ninth year of Locust Art Builders (LAB), a four-week summer art intensive for teens with an interest in art, design and exploring creative careers. 

Program Dates: Mon-Fri, June 17-July 12, 2019 9am-3pm; (except July 4).

Public Reception for Family and Friends: Saturday, July 13, 6-8pm 

For four weeks, 25 young artists from high schools across Miami-Dade County work with established contemporary artists to learn about the practical and creative aspects of mounting a public exhibition in Miami's Design District. 

Encouraging attendees to develop ideas and work collaboratively, LAB is a unique hands-on program for creative teens to widen their perspectives, connect with peers and established arts professionals, learn about creative careers, build their portfolio, and gain the behind-the-scenes experience of producing an art exhibition. CLICK HERE TO WATCH LAST YEAR'S VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS. 

Locust Art Builders (LAB) is free to all accepted students. All students accepted into the program will receive a stipend to subsidize travel expenses. Lunch, daily snacks, and materials are provided. Community service hours may be available to qualified students. Ask your school for details.

To apply, students must have completed at least one year of high school by July 2019. Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, as well as graduating 12th graders are all eligible to apply.

Application Requirements

  • WHY IS LAB FOR YOU? Express your interest in LAB and explain why you would be a good fit for this opportunity.
  • SHOW US YOUR CREATIVE SIDE: Images: 8 images of recently completed art works, designs or projects.
  • IMAGE CAPTION SHEET: Please include the title, media, date and a brief description of each image.  
  • OPTIONAL: Letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or advisor. 
  • OPTIONAL: If some of your projects live online, please share links to your website, social media, etc.

 FAQs
Who is eligible?  
Students currently enrolled in public or private high schools in Miami-Dade County.

Who is not eligible?
Students who are in middle school, going into ninth grade in the fall, or 2018 and later high school graduates.

Can I apply if I am not sure I want to go to art school? 

Of course! LAB is the perfect place to explore your interest in art or design, learn how to make things using new skills, tools, and learn all about careers in the arts. Whether or not you go to art school, LAB can help you gain confidence and learn how to problem solve creatively.

Is there lunch/food provided?
Yes, Locust Projects provides a free lunch and snacks for each day of the program.

Is transportation to and from Locust provided?
No, you will need to work out your own transportation. However, travel stipends are available – please let us know if you require one.

Can I work on my personal projects as part of LAB?
While some tasks will involve working independently, working collaboratively with other young artists is a crucial part of LAB. Most projects, and final exhibition, are produced as a team. Personal art practices often feed into this final result, but it is important that applicants understand that they will be required to work closely with other young artists during these four weeks. If you are not open to working collaboratively as part of a team, this program might not be the right fit for you.

Can PDFs include links?
Yes, they may include links to websites, video hosting services as well as links to galleries, previous exhibitions, and/or past reviews.

Can I submit my application without using the online submission system Submittable?
Unfortunately, no—all submissions must be submitted through Submittable. Applications that do not follow the guidelines and/or which are hand delivered or mailed will not be accepted or reviewed.

Who can I speak to if I have more questions?
For further information please contact: info@locustprojects.org or 305.576.8570

LOCUST ART BUILDERS (LAB): Summer Art Intensive for Teens promotes contemporary art and project-based learning as a means to encourage creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving, while building communication skills. LAB extends Locust Projects’ 20-year commitment as an incubator of new art and ideas, by supporting experimentation and innovation in artistic practice with the next generation of South Florida artists.