Summer Artspace 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.

During SAP, Artspace brings New Haven public high school students into its space 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 program (previously called the Student 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.

SAP’s proven track record can be seen through its 20-year history, building its reputation as a high-quality opportunity for New Haven teens to explore and gain life-enhancing skills they need to achieve their educational and career goals.

Past Programs


New Haven teens worked with lead artists David Goldberg and Tahir Hemphill of the Rap Research Lab to develop tools to empower them in discussions of how technology is used at the intersection of popular culture and the criminal justice system.

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.