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Do you think your students could be the new Student Art Aficionados? Your school could be part of a one-of-a-kind arts education experience! Take part in Student Art Aficionados, a program brought to you by Cultural Festivals, the producer of the Saint Louis Art Fair presented by Centene Charitable Foundation.

Participating schools:

  • Gain the opportunity to receive a FREE permanent work of art for your school. 
  • Are given a budget to work with. Teams of students then work together to select and purchase art for installation in their school. At least one work of art will be donated to the Saint Louis Art Fair’s traveling Public Art Collection, which displays in area schools, hospitals, and community centers. Artwork is labeled as purchased by the students (e.g., “Selected by Students of School Name), providing a lasting monument of your school’s participation and sense of community.
  • Receive an in-class study guide from Cultural Festivals with curriculum and exercises to help students understand and appreciate art as more than just personal taste, but as it influences and represents culture and as a business. Students gain transferrable skills including basic budgeting, teamwork and negotiation to public speaking.
  • Explore the world of art through classroom exercises, discussions, and video modules provided Cultural Festivals.
  • Select three students to represent their school at the Saint Louis Art Fair on Saturday, September 7, 2019. 
  • Will review SLAF’s Public Art Collection, and students will help determine what work is needed to compliment the current collection while following Cultural Festival’s guidelines (such as size, durability, and mobility.)
  • Will be represented by student teams, who will present their selection(s) at the Student Art Aficionados Showcase before their student body and a panel of experts. This showcase calls upon students to present and justify their purchases from the Saint Louis Art Fair.

This program is a cross-curricular opportunity asking students to use a variety of skills correlating with Missouri State Standards including, but not limited to: 

  • Visual Arts: FA3, FA4
  • Mathematics: GM A/GM B
  • Social Studies: SS4 1.10, SS6 1.6
  • Language Arts: ELA Speaking and Listening
  • Crosscutting Concepts such as “scale, proportion and quantity” also “structure and function”


Cultural Festivals Student Art Aficionados is open to Missouri schools located throughout the Greater Saint Louis Metropolitan Area. 

Please note:

  • Anyone may submit the application on behalf of the school – teachers, administrators, parents, etc.
  • Curriculum is geared toward students grades 5 through 12. 
  • Only one application should be submitted per school. 
  • 13 schools will be selected for participation by our panel.
  • Applications will be considered based on a school's level of interest, need and diversity.


The program largely takes place in the classroom in terms of preparation.

Students will take part in an authentic art buying experience at the internationally recognized Saint Louis Art Fair, September 7, 2019.

Students will then be invited to take part in the Student Art Aficionados show case in October at a location to be determined.


  • Application deadline – Monday May 6, , 2019 at 11:59 PM CT
  • School Notification – Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Student Representatives Permission Slips Due – Friday, August 30, 2019
  • On-Site SLAF Buying Experience – Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Student Showcase – Thursday, October 10, 2019 (tentative date)


In a time when the arts are being threatened by budget cuts, this program aims to give students an authentic art-buying experience to install artwork in their schools while leaving a profound, lasting impact on the community and the students themselves. 

In addition to empowering young people with an opportunity to experience art in a new way, the team-building, business, and presentation components of this program will further develop transferrable skills including basic budgeting, negotiation, working in a team environment and public speaking, and occur both inside and outside the classroom.

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