Locust Art Builders (LAB): Summer Art Intensive for Teens

Watch a recap of the the Locust Art Builders 2021 edition here.




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.

ARTEZA Art Supplies is the official art supplies sponsor of LAB 2021

2021 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 and the Friends of Next Generation. We also want to thank our special 2021 design partner, VANS. 


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