Emerging Young Creatives Program: a summer program for young women, ages 15-18.

Deadline to apply: May 20, 2022


What is your creative genius?

The Emerging Young Creatives program is for young women, ages 15 to 18, who want to craft their creative dreams into reality!


From July 5-August 18, 2022, at Make-It Springfield in downtown Springfield, eight young women will expand their creative skills, and be part of a strong and supportive community, while receiving instruction from professionals in a variety of mediums such as printmaking, photography and design. This unique program provides space, time and inspiration, in a safe and welcoming environment, so that participants can focus on deepening their connections and creativity while learning from predominantly BIPOC women mentors.


Each day, the young women will have the opportunity to dive into the medium of their choice and eventually plan and design a Creativity Showcase together—an exhibit and sale to showcase their creations at the end of the program.


What will you do?

  • Learn personal practices to develop and build your creativity

  • Develop a strong community and learn to support and nurture creativity in each other

  • Take part in small group workshops from professionals in their field in skills such as photography, printmaking, wood crafting, and fashion design

  • Go on field trips to places that help to fuel your creativity, such as natural areas and artist workshops.

  • Meet and learn from successful and prominent BIPOC women creators about the work they do

  • Plan for and carry out the end of program Creativity Showcase

Who is this for?

- Young women+, ages 15-18 years old who are looking for a unique, fun, immersive and creative experience this summer

- We will prioritize Black, Indigenous, People of Color young women+ and allies

- Live in or around Springfield or Holyoke

- Able to attend the entire program, July 5-August 18, 2022 (details below)

- Fully vaccinated (two vaccinations + booster) no later than two weeks before the start of the program.


How do you apply?

- Complete an online application by May 20 (early applications are appreciated).

- Be invited for and complete an interview.

- You will be notified of acceptance within a week of your interview.

- If you are under 18, obtain a signed permission from a parent or guardian if you are accepted into the program.


What are the exact dates and times?

- July 5 to August 18

- 9am-3pm Monday through Thursday

- The first week (July 5-7) is Tuesday through Friday to accommodate the July 4th holiday.


How much does it cost?

We are pleased to be able to provide a sliding scale fee range. We will ask you to pay a fee between $150 and $250 for the entire program and that you determine the amount that works best for your family budget. The fee should be paid in full by the beginning of the program. If you are accepted to the program, we will send you details on how to pay in the acceptance materials. Need based scholarships are available—please contact brittany@makeitspringfield.org for more information.


COVID-19 Statement: The health and safety of everyone in Make-It Springfield programming is our top priority, especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We regularly monitor the COVID-19 crisis and the suggestions of the CDC and the MA Department of Health. In the case that mandates and best safety practices change, our program safety guidelines may change so that we can continue offering the highest quality programming.


We are requiring full vaccination (two vaccinations + booster) from all youth participants, staff and mentors, including proof of vaccination. Please contact us if there are extenuating medical circumstances that don’t allow you to be vaccinated. Safety is our number one priority and all of our programming will happen in accordance with the CDC and the Mass Department of Health. Participants who are unable to receive the vaccine due to medical exceptions are exempt from this requirement.


WILL YOU JOIN US? Apply by May 20.



If you have any questions or would like to talk with us more about the program, please email Brittany Dunn at brittany@makeitspringfield.org.

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