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New AP Art Students Announced

Congratulations to the following students, who passed the AP 19-20 portfolio screening:
Cindy Ankhniibayar
Lana Badan
Blaise Baker
Sandra Bernacchi
Justin Best
Shira Blatt
Eve Brock
Emilie Corlin
Luis Cosio
Seth Davidoff
Nick Ghaffarian
Shoshana Grechspan
Ridley Heltai
Caitlin Howard
Cameron Keith
Jack Kendall
Icy Liang
Brooke Lin
Ariadna Martinez
Chantal McNairy
Stephanie Meza
Sabrina Miller
Joel Monarrez
Karima Oumanchar
Olivia Overfield
Emily Plukas
Jonathan Porché
Ella Rose
Nadiya Sayson
Kaelen Song
Alexa Ty
Breanna Vallejos
Dalia Wadsworth
Bella Weng
Madeline Whitney
Ester Zunino
Click here to see some of the qualifying portfolios >

MOCA Teen Nght 2019
MOCA has an open call for student art and film for this year's upcoming MOCA Teen Night. If you're in grades 9 - 12 and have an interest in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or film, please submit to by March 23rd.

Call for Entries for New Film Festival
Submit by April 6, 2019
Change the Talk is excited to announce our inaugural film festival, “Consent & Cinema,” to raise awareness about sexual violence and celebrate student creativity. We invite high school or alternative school students, ages 13-19, from anywhere in the United States to submit short films about sexual violence, rape culture, and consent. Change the Talk teen leaders and staff members will select 15 films to be screened at our festival on May 4, 2019 at 6pm in Los Angeles at the Greenway Court Theatre. The top three winners will win a cash prize! More Info >

Student Artists Needed for LA Times Festival of Books

The LA Times and Access Books ( are partnering to support youth literacy at the 2019 Festival of Books. Access Books will be hosting a booth in the Children’s section where festival goers can choose their favorite children’s book from a list of suggestions and receive a handmade, personalized artwork of the book made right before their eyes!
They need high school age illustrators and/or painters who would like to volunteer for 2-4 hours during the festival weekend to create the illustrations for little ones. Festival guests will be able to choose from approximately 30 books with pre-drawn illustration outlines. Volunteer illustrators and painters will complete the picture for each guest, creating a one-of-a-kind piece for them to take home and cherish. There will be an hourly stipend.
Interested volunteers should:
Confirm that you are available to participate either on April 13th & 14th (or both). Specific time slots will be confirmed later.
Send your contact information: Name, School, Email, Phone Number
Send examples or photos of recent illustrations or paintings
Contact Beatriz Valls at for submissions and with questions.
Festival Date, Time, Location:
April 13th, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and April 14th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at USC

Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive Application is Now Online

The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive accepts resident and non-resident students, ages 15-18, who will be living in New York City or surrounding areas this summer during the course of the program. Preference is given to rising Juniors and Seniors.

The program will run from July 1 through July 31, 2019. Please note that Cooper Union does NOT provide housing for Summer Art students.

Click here to apply > I Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019

RISD Online Portfolio Reviews

RISD has teamed up with AICAD to offer online reviews. upload 5 of your works to get feedback that can help you finalize your portfolio. For more info, contact RISD Admissions. / Contact or call 401-454-6300.

National Portfolio Day 2019

San Diego NPD - 11/9/19
Los Angeles NPD - 11/10/19

Support Your Art Student
SAMO4ART is a nonprofit group looking for a few parents of current Samohi art students to continue its legacy of supporting Visual Arts at SAMO.
  • Help manage SAMO4ART
  • Help support exhibits and Opening Receptions in the Historic Roberts Art Gallery
  • Help manage donations
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Laurie Ann Gutierrez at

Donate to SMAPA Visual Arts

Please consider making a tax deductible donation which will allow us to provide much needed supplies so our students may continue to create amazing works of art! If you want your donation to go to a specific Art Teacher or program, please state this in the check memo line or in the message box via PayPal.

Please makes checks payable to: "SMAPA Visual Arts"
c/o Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica CA 90405
Attn: Art Dept, Martin Ledford

SMAPA Visual Arts and SAMO4ART operate through the Santa Monica Arts Parents Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal ID 95-2563339.

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