LAB Open Call to South Florida High School Art Students

Application deadline: EXTENDED May 29, 2019 - (JUNE 1 UPDATE - note we are still talking applications for alternates in the event of a cancellation)

LOCUST ART BUILDERS (The 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.

For further information contact: or 305.576.8570

Check out the previous LAB Exhibitions: 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010

Past Press highlights: WLRN's SUNDIAL, New Times, Miami Herald, NBC 6 South Florida, NPR's Here & Now


LAB is made possible through lead support from the Hillsdale Fund Inc. Additional LAB funding is provided by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Kirk Foundation, and donors to the Team LABAnnual Education Fund.



June 17, 2019 to July 12, 2019

Opening Reception:

Saturday, July 13, 2019


We're still taking applications for alternates in the event of a cancellation!

Application Instructions:

  1. Express your interest in The LAB and explain why you would be a good fit for this opportunity.
  2. Images: 8 images of recent completed artworks or projects.
  3. Caption list for images
  4. Optional: Letter of recommendation from your teacher, mentor, or advisor
*Please note Locust Projects no longer accepts applications via email or post.


Locust Projects envisions a world where all artists have the freedom to experiment and are essential to our society.

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