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Overview

How do artists use their voices to tell important stories of social change? How can we amplify the issues we care about and create change? AMPLIFY, a joint program by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, invites middle and high school students to explore different aspects of art and social justice through interactive tours and art-making. Explore tour offerings below! 

Schools are welcome to register for one visit to a single institution or multiple visits across institutions in April and May 2024. Please fill out a registration form for each program of interest. Transportation assistance is available.

Missouri Visual Arts Standards: VA:Cr2C, VA:Re7A, VA:Re7B, VA:Cn10A

Missouri Social Studies Standards: 9-12.GV.1.PC.A

AMPLIFY: Streets of Our Future

Location: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Students will learn about connections between urban design and environmental justice by exploring the St. Louis–based artist Kahlil Robert Irving’s installation made up of sculptures and replicas of everyday objects that together recall the city street. Students will collaborate to design a city street of the future that considers the health of their community. 

AMPLIFY at Other Institutions

Location: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Drawing inspiration from the artist Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited press, students will explore the relationship between image and text as they lend their voices to the social and political issues that concern them the most. Students will express the slogans and messages they create in poster form as they consider the impact that a national election will have on the future of the country.

Location: Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Rain gardens are a way to beautify communities, help reduce pollutant runoff from entering the water supply, and reintroduce indigenous plants and animals to the area. Through this tour, students will discuss the importance of ecologically-centered design practice and how small-scale interventions impact change in our communities. Learn more.

Location: Saint Louis Art Museum

Students will explore artworks and stories that celebrate ways artists (or their subjects) have overcome obstacles, repurposed materials or ideas, or used their unique perspectives and creativity to advocate for inclusive communities and values. Following the tour, students will engage in art-making to more deeply examine themes from the tour in relation to their own lived experiences. Learn more.

Image Credit

Photo by teen apprentice Nyla Robinson of St. Louis ArtWorks.