How do artists use their voices to tell important stories of social change? How can we amplify the issues we care about and create change? AMPLIFY, a joint program by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, invites middle and high school students to explore different aspects of art and social justice through interactive tours and art-making. Click on the tour offerings below to learn more! 


AMPLIFY Earth: Environmental Design

Rain gardens are a way to beautify communities, help reduce pollutant runoff from entering the water supply, and reintroduce indigenous plants and animals to the area. Through this tour, students will discuss the importance of ecologically-centered design practice and how small-scale interventions impact change in our communities.


AMPLIFY Programs at Other Institutions

AMPLIFY: Transform Your Hood
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Drawing inspiration from the artist Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited press, students will explore the relationship between image and text as they lend their voices to the social and political issues that concern them the most. Students will express the slogans and messages they create in poster form as they consider the impact that a national election will have on the future of the country.


AMPLIFY: Streets of Our Future
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Students will learn about connections between urban design and environmental justice by exploring the St. Louis–based artist Kahlil Robert Irving’s installation made up of sculptures and replicas of everyday objects that together recall the city street. Students will collaborate to design a city street of the future that considers the health of their community. Find out more.


AMPLIFY: Stories of Resistance
Saint Louis Art Museum

Students will explore artworks and stories that celebrate ways artists (or their subjects) have overcome obstacles, repurposed materials or ideas, or used their unique perspectives and creativity to advocate for inclusive communities and values. Following the tour, students will engage in art-making to more deeply examine themes from the tour in relation to their own lived experiences. Find out more.

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Missouri Visual Arts Standards: VA:Cr2C, VA:Re7A, VA:Re7B, VA:Cn10A
Missouri Social Studies Standards: 9-12.GV.1.PC.A