Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12
The mission of Pratt’s Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 is to increase access to instruction in art and design for children by leveraging the resources and expertise of the Institute to support school-age children, city-wide public schools, and youth-serving organizations.
Taught by our expert faculty and students our on-campus and in-school programs develop children and young peoples' knowledge in the creative disciplines (art, design, architecture, and related fields) through hands-on studio-based learning. Our programs are carefully designed and structured to support creativity and innovation, and problem-solving and collaboration.
All programs offer undergraduate and graduate students studying art, design, architecture, and related fields opportunities in community-based education in their major while simultaneously bringing art and design classes to the K-12 community.
Our On-Campus Programs
Saturday Art School
Since 1897, Saturday Art School has offered a broad range of classes for children and teens. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of media, techniques, and approaches. [ages 6-18]
Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE)
An after-school program that introduces students to the challenges of creative thinking and problem-solving Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE) offers studio classes in which students explore design disciplines such as fashion design, construction management, and architecture and urban design. [grades 9-12]
Pratt Young Scholars
Pratt Young Scholars is a need-based, three-year scholarship program that provides art and design instruction and college preparation for motivated high school students. [grades 10-12]
Summer Scholars is a two-week summer intensive program of studio classes and a college preparation curriculum for New York City high school students taking place on the Brooklyn campus in July. [grades 10-11]
Our Off-Campus Programs
Our off-campus programs are offered in schools, in after-school programs, or with youth-serving organizations covering the whole of New York City. These programs foster learning and discovery across studios focused on art and design (ADE), and on science, engineering, art, and design (SEAD), cultivating students’ imagination, skills and techniques, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Programs are designed for specific grade levels, and can be customized to meet the needs of the school or organization. Programs are developed and taught by our undergraduate and graduate students mentored by faculty. [grades 6-12]