Student Opportunities

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

National PTA’s Reflections Program – Explore the Arts and Express Yourself

The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By…

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K – Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades welcome). Students who identify as having a disability and may receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.*

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2022

Apply for the Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant. Two local PTAs will be awarded $1,000 in grant funding to administer student-centered programs that increase access to high-quality arts learning experiences and create new pathways for students to participate in the National PTA Reflections program.

Massart youth programs – Virtual classes for students in grades 7-12.
Classes are held weekly from 4:30-7:30 pm
Monday & Thursday classes run October 7th – December 16th
Tuesday & Wednesday classes run October 12th – December 8th
For students in Grades 7 & 8, After School Studios provides an introduction to art and design. Students develop skills and meet like-minded creatives in the studio of their choice: Fashion Design, Architecture, and/or Animation. Studios are offered after school, virtually. Students work from home in small classes (capped at 12), receiving individualized attention while learning as part of the MassArt maker community.
For students in Grades 9-12, the Portfolio Development program helps students increase both the inventive and expressive portions of their artistic portfolio. A variety of courses are offered in both fine art and design, ranging from Observational Drawing to Comic Book Art to Fashion Design. Students may participate in one or multiple courses. Students develop skills and work habits in their studio(s) of choice, building confidence in their artistic development. Prior experience is not necessary: Students from a variety of backgrounds are welcome, and students ultimately gain a better sense of their strengths as an artist. The Portfolio Development program offers insight into building a portfolio for higher education and the art school admissions process through presentations with Admissions during the semester. One-on-one portfolio reviews with an Admissions Counselor are encouraged as well.

Hong Kong Society for Education in Art (HKSEA), would like to invite students from your countries to join our International and Local Student Mail Art Competition.

The main purpose of this competition is to introduce mail art to more children and young people. Last year we exhibited mail art works from local students along with those from six foreign countries. This year, in the hope that we can resume freedom of movement soon, we have chosen ‘Travel’ as our topic and are calling for global participation. Selected works will be displayed for public viewing in Hong Kong City Hall between December 6 and 12 2021 during the Hong Kong Visual Arts Education Festival.

More information can be found here: Introduction of HKSEA & Mail Art Competition

For more information please contact

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] or Aileen Novick ([email protected] or via

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.


  • 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
Submission Deadline: June 13, 2022
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.