Summer Apprenticeship Program

Each year, Artspace brings New Haven high school students into its galleries for three weeks to work as apprentices with a Master Artist. Since its inception in 2001, Artspace’s Summer Apprenticeship Program has given over 200 New Haven Public High School students the opportunity to work on their very own gallery show, learn about contemporary studio art practices, and build self-esteem while making a project relevant to their own lives.

This summer, 22 students will join 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. Homage will take the form of a giant ceramic tile mural that will be mounted permanently at Common Ground School after its Artspace debut, made in Lugo’s signature style, making reference to the ornate Della Robbia ceramic technique of the Italian Renaissance.
To accompany the mural, the students will develop spoken word works about their s/heroes that will be performed at the opening, July 27.  The creative team working with Lugo includes Christian Ayala, Ruby Gonzalez Hernandez, Carly Gove, Shelby Simmons, and Lugo’s Studio Manager Amanda Schneider with guest visitors who will help the students research their heroes, New Haven Librarians Diane Brown and Allison Botelho , historian, curator and Museum Director Frank Mitchell, and online journalist Markeshia Ricks.
This summer marks the first time that SAP will play host to an international exchange group of Fellows who will be embedded in the program, arranged in partnership with La Voz Hispana.  The three Fellows come from Riobamba, known for indigenous and colonial ceramics, and today, as a center of tile making in Ecuador.

Hear Roberto Lugo discuss his work in this PBS special and see him slam as he receives the Emerging Artist Award at the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference.


 

Past Programs

  • SAP 2017 Masturbatory Delusions

    Artspace is pleased to announce our 17th annual Summer Apprenticeship Program and its affiliated exhibition Masturbatory Delusions.  This program aims to give a group of New Haven public high school students the opportunity to work alongside Lead Artist Nona Faustine. Over three weeks in July, the apprentices studied Faustine’s technique, process, and set of historical influences. They produced photographs that emulate her style, interest in self-portraiture, and questions relating to site, invisibility, and power.

  • SAP 2016: Stages of Kingdom and Exile

    with lead artist Wardell Milan July 5-22, 2016 For New Haven Public High School Students Do you ever feel like life is a series of performances, or a race for stereotypical perfection?Have you performed a fictitious version of yourself to satisfy the expectations of friends, family and even sometimes strangers? This program is for anyone […]

  • SAP 2015: The Jerome Project

    A companion exhibition to Arresting Patterns displays the work of 18 high school students from the New Haven Public School district who collaborated with Titus Kaphar and theater artists Aaron Jafferis and Dexter Singleton.  The students used Kaphar’s trademark materials–tar paper, chalk, and mixed media–to create their own portraits of individuals unjustly sentenced and incarcerated. […]

  • SAP 2014: Mobile Museum of American Artifacts

    Each year, Artspace brings 15-18 New Haven high school students into its galleries for three weeks to work as apprentices with a Master Artist. This year’s project, The Mobile Museum of American Artifacts, is an evolving collection of personal objects and their histories. Housed in a trailer that is traveling across the country, and in […]

  • SAP 2013: Pop & Op

    Each summer Artspace seeks out an artist and a group of New Haven high schools students to work together in the spirit of collaboration. Over the course of three weeks this group coalesces into a creative unit, learning new artistic skills and completing an intricate installation in the Artspace galleries. The project seeks to provide […]

  • SAP 2012: Occupy Main Street

    Each summer Artspace seeks out an artist and a group of New Haven high school students to work together in the spirit of collaboration. Over the course of three weeks this group coalesces into a creative unit, learning new art skills and completing an intricate installation in the Artspace galleries. The project looks to provide […]

  • SAP 2011: Trellised Benches

    Each summer Artspace is faced with the task of finding artists and a group of high school students to work together in the spirit of collaboration. In just three short weeks this group gets to know each other, learns new art making skills, and completes an intricate installation in the Artspace Galleries and The Lot. […]

  • SAP 2010:

    Each summer Artspace is faced with the task of finding one artist and a group of high school students to work together in the spirit of collaboration. In justthree short weeks this group gets to know each other, learns new art-making skills, and completes an intricate installation in the Artspace galleries. The goal of the project is to […]

  • SAP 2009: Babel Collections

    Artspace’s Summer Apprenticeship Program brings together twelve talented public high school students and a local artist for a month in the summer to create an art installation.  This summer the students will join with Brooklyn based sculptor Carolyn Salas to craft a series of totem pole structures for The Lot, a public display space located on Orange […]

  • SAP 2008: Hawaii

    Each summer, the program recruits up to twenty high school students from New Haven to work with a Master Artist on a collaborative project that is installed in the gallery. This year’s program is led by William Downs, a Brooklyn-based artist, and involves fifteen high school students recruited from six different New Haven high schools. The participants spend three weeks creating […]

  • SAP 2007: Victim

    Creating memorials can be powerful exercise in recalling a tragedy, informing others, and allowing us the peace of mourning, hopefully leading to acceptance. With this in mind, fourteen apprentice artists engaged in an exercise designed to relate and examine a singular event in our lives. The culminating project is a multi-sensory space memorializing the individual events. Of the two definitions […]

  • SAP 2006: Ensemble

    Each summer Artspace is faced with the task of finding one artist and a group of high school students to work together in the spirit of collaboration. In just three short weeks this group gets to know each other, learns new art-making skills, and completes an intricate installation in the Artspace galleries. The goal of this project is […]