2021 LAB! Summer Art Intensive for Teens - CLOSED

Learn more about the 2021 program here and watch a recap video here. 

Create and collaborate this summer with Locust Projects!

About Locust Art Builders (LAB): Now in its 11th year, LAB is a unique experience for high school students with an interest in art, design, and exploring creative careers. Only 30 students will be selected from across Miami-Dade County to learn from professional artists in a dynamic, fast-paced virtual program this summer. They will dive right into the creative, and practical, aspects of completing a major, collaborative art project.

This year's LAB final project will be a ZINE plus EXHIBITION at Locust Projects!

Students will work together to design the ZINE, collaborating on the theme, visuals, and text. It will be printed as well as available online. Students will also get to activate Locust Projects' Screening Room with an EXHIBITION of new art works–like videos, paintings, or sculptures–inspired by their zine.

While working on the final collaborative project and exhibition, students will simultaneously participate in WORKSHOPS WITH PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS to learn about creative careers and complete fast-paced ART CHALLENGES to explore their creativity, develop ideas, and practice new skills!

Want to learn more about what makes LAB so special? SEE STUDENT CREATED VIDEO ABOUT LAB

Program Dates & Times: This year's program will be virtual with optional in-person activities and field trips. The program will be held July 6-29, 2021 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2-4pm.


All students will receive a $500 honorarium to participate (attendance and completing after-hours assignments are required).

Students will also receive a Builder Box with art supplies and an artist-designed shirt delivered to their door.

Students may be able to receive community service hours for their participation; please ask your school for details.



Who is eligible? Students currently enrolled in public or private high schools in Miami-Dade County. Students must have completed at least one year of high school by June 2021. Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders as well as graduating 12th graders are all eligible to apply.

Who is not eligible? Students who are in middle school, entering ninth grade in the fall, or who graduated in 2020 or prior.

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 and 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.

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 the 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 also be required to work closely with other young artists during LAB. 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 like YouTube or Vimeo, as well as links to galleries, previous exhibitions, and/or past reviews, if applicable.

Can I submit my application without using the online submission system Submittable? Unfortunately, no. All submissions must be submitted through Submittable. Submittable accounts are free. If you need assistance completing your application, please let us know by reaching out to programs@locustprojects.org. We're happy to help!

Who can I speak to if I have more questions? For more info, please contact: programs@locustprojects.org or 305.576.8570. Access and equity are important to us. If you need assistance to participate in LAB, please let us know.

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’ 23-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.

Locust Art Builders (LAB) is made possible through lead support from the Hillsdale Fund Inc. and the Albert and Jane Nahmad Family Foundation. Additional support provided by The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor Board and County Commissioners, The Children's Trust; The Kirk Foundation; Susan and Richard Arregui; Miami Salon Group, and donors to the Team LAB Annual Education Fund.


What's on the application?

  • WHY IS LAB FOR YOU? Express your interest in LAB via text or video. We'd love to know what you want to learn this summer and why you are a good fit for this opportunity!

  • SHOW US YOUR CREATIVE SIDE: Share up to 8 recently completed art works, designs, or projects. You can upload photos of your work or show us your work in a short video!

  • IMAGE CAPTION SHEET: Please include a PDF with the title, media, date, and a brief description of each art work.

  • OPTIONAL: Letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or advisor.

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