Local Arts Opportunities for Youth

There are a variety of opportunities, events, workshop, and classes for youth in the Portland Metropolitan region. See the listings below in right column.

New York Times “Win A Trip with Nick” Contest (University Students)

This is a contest sponsored by the New York Times for university students to win a chance to do some international reporting with columnist Nicholas Kristof. Win A Trip with Nick Contest is open to people who are at least eighteen years old and who are current undergraduate or graduate students (including those who are […]

August Wilson Monologue Competition 2016-17

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The August Wilson Monologue Competition: Through Wilson’s plays, high school-age actors will learn about the American experience from the African-American viewpoint, an important thread often missing from history lessons or poorly portrayed in lesser works created for the stage and screen. Guided by professional actor and director mentors, and working with local teachers and community […]

VANS Custom Culture Grants for public high schools

VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving students in grades 9–12. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten schools […]

Call to Artists – Clackamas County Employees Youth Art Show

CLACKAMAS COUNTY EMPLOYEES: Do you have children or grandchildren who are artists!! The Clackamas County Arts Alliance Artist Exhibit Program is looking for youth art to show in a group exhibit in our new Public Services Building- Plaza Gallery. Ages range from pre-school through high school. This exhibit period is November 1, 2016 to February 7, […]

10/8 Wilson Area Arts Council presents “Creativity Speaks!”

Creativity Speaks! is an afternoon of impressive talks in Ted Talks style, with performances and breakout activities that will energize and inspire middle and high school students, with their families, to develop their personal creative talents. Speakers include 2016 Battlebots champion, Salt & Straw Ingredient maestro, critically acclaimed filmmaker, and more. October 8: @ Wilson […]

2016 Congressional App Challenge for Oregon 1st Congressional District Students

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in these fields. Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne […]

Starts 9/20 — Art Classes for All Ages at Ano’s Art Academy

Ano’s Art is the best place for artists both young and old to try over 16 different mediums while making new friends and discovering a whole new world through art! Ano’s Art Academy offers dozens of exciting mediums such as: ceramics, rock carving, wire sculpture, jewelry making, fiber arts, paper craft, graphite, ink, charcoal, watercolors, […]

Artist Residency Program for Teens at Portland Community Media

Are you interested in 3-D printing, virtual reality, animation, or digital media? Portland Community Media (PCM) and the Hollywood Theatre are proud to present Echo AiR, a new artist residency program for teens 14-18 who want to create new media art. No experience required! In this after-school program, you’ll get to explore new trends in […]

Call for submissions for Oregon History Comics & Youth Voices by Know Your City

Know Your City is soliciting submissions from illustrators and writers for Oregon History Comics, Second Edition. As we continue organizing for equity, inclusion, and social justice, we aspire to provide platforms for creative expression that represent the beautiful diversity of our community. To ensure all people have a fair chance to participate, Know Your City […]

Architecture Students can apply for Architects in Schools residency

This statewide six-week residency program for elementary schools is afo’s longest-running, signature program. Practicing architects and other design professionals volunteer to partner with classroom teachers. In 2003, afo assumed administration of the program from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Under afo, the program has grown from annually serving 800 to more than 3,800 students […]

Schools can apply for Architects in Schools residency

This statewide six-week residency program for elementary schools is afo’s longest-running, signature program. Practicing architects and other design professionals volunteer to partner with classroom teachers. In 2003, afo assumed administration of the program from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Under afo, the program has grown from annually serving 800 to more than 3,800 students […]

MediaRites seeks to hire 5 Southeast Asian youth

Nearly ten years ago, MediaRites debuted Crossing East, the first and to date only Asian American/Pacific Islander history series on public radio. The Peabody- Award-winning 8-hour documentary series covered AAPI history from pre-America to post-9/11 and collected 300 hours of oral history interviews. We are now creating a Crossing East multimedia archive of all 300 hours of interviews […]

National YoungArts Foundation: 2017 Young Artists Prize

The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. Each year, hundreds of students are […]

National YoungArts Foundation: 2017 Young Artists Prize

The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, providing them with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities. Each year, hundreds of students are selected from across […]

NEXT STAGE Program for Young Artists

Next Stage is a free art-business development program providing training in booking, marketing, and promotions. Performance, cross-collaboration, and media development is included in this 6 month program for selected applicants ages 18-24. This ongoing program involves professional training designed to help emerging Seattle area musicians, poets, and visual artists grow towards a sustainable career in […]

2016 Summer Arts Camps

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This summer, enroll your kids in an arts camp! A variety of camps and workshops for youth are offered throughout the tri-county region, and these links are organized by discipline: Dance & Movement, Media Arts, Multi-discipline, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. Many classes fill up fast, so be sure to register early. To list an arts camp on […]

2016 Kodak Film Student Scholarship Awards

The Kodak Eastman Company announced the opening of its annual, international Kodak Student Scholarship Awards, which is celebrating its 25 anniversary. This year, the awards will be judged once again by cinematographer John Bailey, who served as the director of photography for many fine films, including “As Good as It Gets” and “The Way Way […]

4/30 CHAP’s Artful Gifts workshop for kids

Projects include different styles of card, jewelry, rock art and a variety of other artistic options. Not only will you leave with artwork in hand (and perhaps something we’ll mail to mom or dad for you), you’ll have fun learning and using a variety of surface design techniques and tools as part of the creations. […]