School-year Arts

Visual Art

Artists for Humanity

Eligibility: Must be a highschool student

Deadline: Rolling application

After school and summer paid internship where students living in the Greater Boston area are able to work on creative, innovative projects for nonprofits and corporations throughout the City of Boston. Students also have access to tutoring and college readiness counseling.

Artward Bound

Eligibility: Must currently be a Boston resident in 8th-10th grade. You can not go to Boston Arts Academy or a private school.
Application Deadline: Rolling basis until May 24 for the summer - continues into school year

A year round four year college access program which prepares high school students artistically and academically for college and beyond. Students are able to create their portfolios throughout the school year, with each year of high school teaching them a new discipline. For 6 weeks in the summer, participants are able to take math, english, and art courses.

ICA Teen Arts Council

Eligibility: Must be a Boston teen
Deadline: Application now open! No deadline stated.

A group of paid Boston teens who address social issues and use arts as a form of expression and social activism. Council members also organize several teen events throughout the year in order to get youth more involved in the arts. Members are also in charge of The Current, a magazine discussing social issues.

Creative Writing

Emerson Writes

Eligibility: 8-12 grade students in the Greater Boston area
Application Deadline: Rolling admission, application considered for each current/upcoming cycle (First class begins October 13)

A free college writing workshop program for 8-12th graders living in the Greater Boston area. Students are able to choose from three course offerings taught by current Emerson college students: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Participants also have access to several seminars that occur throughout the year, as well as a chance to share work they have written at the annual Emerson Writes showcase.


City Spotlights Teen Leadership Council Employment Program

Eligibility: Must be teen
Deadline: None specified, email in early June

A school year youth employment program offering Boston teens positions in the arts and as community activists. Leaders work with members of their community on prominent issues, and perform on advocacy.

Youth Underground

Eligibility: Must be 13-18 as a delegate, or 19-25 as an ambassador

Deadline: None specified, but takes place September-June

A youth theater ensemble hosted by Central Square Theater which creates performances based on relevant social issues. Participants are able to gain training from professional actions, perform in an annual showcase, and receive free tickets to Central Square productions.

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