High School

Urban Arts Academy invests in South Minneapolis youth through culturally-inclusive, Art-Infused education. We have an innovative model of youth engagement that provides 20 high school students with 8 months of Art-Infused leadership training and engages those student leaders in the real-time design of their own program model, including planning for sustainability and growth.

This program was created in 2015 through funding from Youthprise, which allowed Urban Arts Academy to engage high school youth in designing a new program for themselves and future student leaders featuring leadership development training and planning.


The pilot the students designed included three elements:

  • Art

  • Leadership

  • Entrepreneurship


Neighborhood High School Youth will:

  • Engage in Art-Infused leadership programming with a variety of Teaching Artists that build skills and confidence in several art mediums.

  • Explore opportunities to use art to generate revenue to support the program, including meeting with successful entrepreneurs and an experienced UAA Board member.


Schedule 2019-20:

The students, staff and families will have a meeting in September and decide on the calendar dates from October to May.


Program Payment

Students are paid $25 for each session they attend.



  1. High school youth use art as a vehicle for learning and practicing leadership skills, engaging in their community and preparing for post-secondary education and career success

  2. High school youth increase leadership, program development, business, and fundraising skills.

For more information about our High School Program please call 612-827-1641 or email info@urbanartsacademy.org