EMERGE | Young Artists Program

Join the EMERGE Young Artists Program to explore your passion for visual arts, including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and/or mixed media.

Program Description

Art Room is a non-profit corporation that supports curiosity, experimentation, and learning, We want to provide the young community in Fort Worth with a space to grow as artists and thinkers! This after-school program is $450 per semester, $250 during summer immersive experiences, and open to Fort Worth area high school students upon successful application and portfolio review. We work with 10 to 15 students per year. A limited number of scholarships are available. 


The EMERGE Young Artists Program focuses on the foundations of art through art making, workshops, critiques, gallery & museum field trips, and lectures. The program also includes an in-depth look at best practices to sustaining a career as a creative maker. Students will be mentored in their art-making, studio practice, and professional practices, preparing them for their future—whether that be in higher art education, an art-related professional field, or to apply creative skills and thinking to another field of interest. 

Upon completion of EMERGE, students will be prepared with a professional-level portfolio that reflects craftsmanship, expertise, critical thinking, and professionalism. Student participants will also be introduced to visiting artists, curators, and educators, and have access to Art Room programming. 

The EMERGE Young Artists Program is a year-round, after-school program held at the Art Room Annex, operating on a five-day-a-week schedule. Participating students will choose from one of two available schedules (M/W or T/TH) and have the opportunity to attend and participate in Open Studios on Fridays. EMERGE culminates with an exhibition, catalog, and opening reception to honor and recognize the students. 


Art Room is currently seeking students to participate in the EMERGE Young Artists Program. 

For more information about the EMERGE program, please contact Art Room Program Director Deedra Baker at [email protected]

Student artists are required to submit an online application and digital portfolio of three to five completed pieces of art. Be prepared to answer questions regarding the following:

  • Student Information

  • Parent/Guardian Information

  • School Information

  • Emergency Contact Information

  • Student’s Visual Arts Background 

All portfolios must include a minimum of three works of art and may include ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and/or mixed media. Artwork may be abstract or representational.

EMERGE Young Artist Program

Please fill out the entire form. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Art Room Program Director Deedra Baker at [email protected]


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