Save the Date*** July 7 - 15, 2018

Grades 9-12 (including graduating seniors)
2017 Tuition and Fees: $1,095
Applications received by April 1, 2017 will be eligible for a $50 Early Bird Discount

2017 Theme: What's Your Story?

As artists, it's important that we take a hand in crafting our own stories. If we don't, our past experiences, the people around us, and the general culture, will try to tell us who we are and what we can and can't do.

But an artist creates her or his own story, using everything - the labels, the tough experiences and the beautiful moments - to make art, and in the process, transforms into a purpose-driven-artist who makes the world a better place.

The best artistic creation is the creation of ourselves!

For the 2017 Young Artists Institute we are gathering a powerful group of instructors to guide you, mentor you, help you deepen your skills, and inspire you. Join us this summer, and tell your story.

About the Program

The Young Artists Institute is a ten day summer residential program, held in Ashland, Oregon on the Southern Oregon University campus. Students receive first-class instruction by professional artists in creative writing, poetry,  theater, visual arts or digital arts through intensive hands-on workshops, mentoring, evaluation and presentation of completed works. During the program accomplished artists will mentor students, supporting them to discover their own sources of inspiration and to help them deepen their craft. In addition, students will learn to effectively collaborate with artists from other disciplines to create unique joint artistic projects.

We bring together a combination of the richly talented artist-instructors living in the Rogue Valley and some of the best artist-instructors in the country to provide a one-of-a-kind experience. Students attending the Young Artists Institute have the opportunity to immerse themselves deeply into one focus area, while also exploring the beauty of multi-disciplinary collaboration through group projects with fellow students studying other artistic mediums.

2017 Young Artists Institute Brochure [PDF]

The focus of the Young Artists Institute is:

1. To give students access to the way artists work and see the world.

2. To enable each student to discover his or her unique artistic voice.

3. To help students improve their skills as artists.


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Our goal is to provide a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests. Come learn and create with other talented high school students who share your creative spark! 

Please call 541-552-6452 to be added to the Young Artists Institute mailing list. 

The 2016 Young Artists Institute was supported in part by the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, Oregon GEAR UP, College Dreams, Maslow Project, and a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon's arts, humanities and heritage.

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