Rooted in the deep traditions of the arts as a powerful means for social change, Arts as Civic Engagement is a platform for students to immerse in arts-based community engagement.

Launched in 2018, the program supports four Washington University undergraduate students in a Civic and Community Arts Residency at regional arts organizations, including the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, The Griot Museum for Black History, and COCA – The Center of Creative Arts.

Participants receive a $5,000 stipend and work as embedded staff members at partner organizations.

Applications Closed

The application for our Arts as Civic Engagement summer 2022 cohort is now closed. Deadline: 11:59 p.m. CT on February 22, 2022.

Program Goals

Goals for Arts as Civic Engagement include:

  • Develop the talent, passion, and civic leadership skills of Washington University students, particularly those engaged in the arts.
  • Stimulate dialogue, mentorship, and the capacity for action around innovative ideas for the intersection of civic engagement and the arts in all disciplines.
  • Cultivate a lifelong commitment to civic engagement while strengthening networks between students, arts leaders, and civic leaders in St. Louis.
  • Support students’ interest in utilizing art as a powerful tool for civic and community engagement and help clarify career paths.

2021 Residents

2019 Residents


Arts as Civic Engagement is made possible by generous gifts from Sally Schnuck, OT ’78, Terry Schnuck, PMBA ’80, John Beuerlein, MBA ’77, and Crystal Beuerlein.