Student Apprenticeship Program

Each year, Artspace brings New Haven public high school students into its galleries for three intensive weeks to work as apprentices with a Lead Artist. Since its inception in 2001, when Sol LeWitt served as the inaugural Lead Artist, Artspace’s Summer Apprenticeship Program has given nearly 400 New Haven Public High School students the opportunity to conceive, create and mount their very own gallery show, learn about contemporary studio art practices, delve deeply into the Lead artists artistic strategies and methods, and build self-esteem while making a collective project relevant to their own lives. Students from across the school district meet one another for the first time, explore their cultural identities, and develop skills that will help them achieve their career and educational dreams.  Over the past few years, Lead artists have included Nona Faustine, Titus Kaphar, Roberto Lugo, and Wardell Milan.  SAP will turn 20 in 2020.


Mapper’s Delight

20 New Haven teens will work with lead artist Tahir Hemphill to develop tools to empower them in discussions of how technology is used at the intersection of popular culture and the criminal justice system. Get paid $250 to develop your artistry! Deadline EXTENDED ONE WEEK! Interest form submission deadline is May 22, 2021

Past Programs


New Haven Public School Students worked with Lead Artist, Daniel Pizarro, to learn how art can be utilized as a tool for activism, organizing, and storytelling.

Twenty-two local teens, each enrolled in one of New Haven’s Public High Schools together produced a 24-minute film that envisions a summer day in the life of New Haven They worked together alongside Los Angeles based filmmakers Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr for three weeks in July 2019.

In 2018, 19 students joined forces with activist potter/spoken word poet Roberto Lugo to pay homage to unsung heroes of our community and tell the untold stories about their contributions.