ProjectArt provides artist residency programs and art classes for youth in 38 public libraries across Chicago, Detroit, L.A., Miami, New York, and Pittsburgh.


+ To instill creative confidence in youth
+ To reinvigorate public libraries
+ To support emerging artists
+ To build community in underserved neighborhoods
+ To celebrate student’s art by holding regular student exhibitions.

Class Fees

ProjectArt is 100% free for our students, their families, and our libraries.


Any child between the ages of 4 through 17 is eligible. Classes are divided into developmentally appropriate age groups: 4–7, 8–12, and 13–17 years.

Class Schedule

ProjectArt’s program arc occurs during the academic year and is divided into two semesters:
Fall Term: September to December, 12 weeks (3 hours/week)
Spring Term: January to June, 18 weeks (3 hours/week)


Led by local artists, ProjectArt curriculums provide a pathway for students to engage in the arts within their own communities. ProjectArt’s resident artists are trained to teach students an all encompassing and global view of art, exposing them to creative processes from around the world, while also encouraging students to make artwork inspired by their local community, heritage, and personal identity. The curriculum encourages diverse instruction, allowing for resident teaching artists to draw on their professional expertise, skills, and artistic practice and utilize the library’s rich resources. Students experiment with a variety of art materials in both 2D and 3D (and at times digital) projects. Grounded in the idea that through the artistic process students further develop critical thinking skills, pro-social behavior, and positive expression of their ideas and emotions.

Through immersive visual arts taught during students’ most impressionable afterschool and weekend hours, ProjectArt’s students are inspired by engaging curriculums that allow them to achieve, connect, and thrive—impressing a world view rooted in art, developing a lifelong passion for learning in the arts, and expounding on the value of our nation’s public libraries.