Student Opportunities

NAEA – National Art Honor Society and National Junior Art Honor Society


WAM’s Teen Council – One Year Terms Begin July 2021

The Worcester Art Museum is happy to announce a new opportunity for teens at WAM! WAM is seeking individuals aged 13-18 who are passionate about arts and culture for our newly formed Teen Council.

WAM’s Teen Council will be comprised of individuals with a wide variety of skills, interests, experiences, and backgrounds; a shared passion for the artsand a dedication to community building.  This council will be a unique opportunity for up to twelve teens to help shape the Museum’s programming and offerings! Members of the council will be expected to attend a monthly meeting (in-person or remote), and be involved in at least one teen program at the Museum. Council Members are expected to serve a term of at least one year, with the Teen Council Year beginning in July and ending in June.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Buck ([email protected]worcesterart.org) or Aileen Novick ([email protected]worcesterart.org) or via teens@worcesterart.org


The annual Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, and become advocates for positive change.

Students are invited to create Visual Art (any medium), Creative Writing, Film, Interactive & Multimedia, Performing Arts: Music & Dance, and Poetry & Spoken Word that explores their connection to water and creatively communicates the need to protect this vital resource and life-sustaining relationship.

Details:

  • Open to middle and high school students ages 11-18 worldwide
  • Students can submit as individuals or as a class/group/club
  • Hundreds of cash awards available, ranging from $50 to $1,500, as well as special opportunities for exhibiting, publishing, and participation in international environmental campaigns
  • Free to enter
  • Deadline to submit online: June 14, 2021
Special Awards for Massachusetts Students:
  • Bay State Award: All participants who reside in Massachusetts will be automatically considered for the Bay State Award. Winners will each receive a $250 cash award.
  • Hometown Award: Students must be residents of Boston to be considered for this award. Eligible participants must demonstrate financial need. Winners will each receive a $250 cash award.
  • South Coast, Cape & Islands Award: Students must be residents of the South Coast, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket to be considered for this award. Winners will each receive a $250 cash award.

Youngarts’ National Arts Competition 

YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive financial awards, creative and professional development experiences working with renowned mentors, and become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Joining a 20,000-strong alumni community, YoungArts award winners form a rich network of peers that provides support and opportunities throughout artists’ careers.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Oct. 16, 2020 – 2021 competition now closed. 2022 capplication opens up summer 2021