Teen Arts Career

Grades 9-12
Starts January 22
12 Weeks

High school students in grades 9-12 join a design team led by professional artists to create real-world art projects. Learn career skills and build community connections. Made for students interested in an arts career.

Enrollment is closed for the Spring Arts Season

How It Works

Every Monday and Tuesday students meet at ECAT and learn how to create professional artwork for a client.

Clients hire ECAT students to create an art or design project. Students create and install the design to the client’s specifications while learning career skills.

Past projects have included community murals, photo exhibits, public sculptures and hanging art shows.

Program Details

Meets Mondays + Tuesdays from 5-7 PM for 12 weeks starting January 22, 2024.

Meeting Dates: 1/22, 1/23, 1/29, 1/30, 2/5, 2/6, 2/12, 2/13, 2/26, 2/27, 3/4, 3/5, 3/11, 3/12, 3/18, 3/19, 4/2, 4/8, 4/9, 4/15, 4/16, 4/22, 4/23

There is no cost to attend the Teen Arts Career program.

Applications open until January 8, 2024

Our classes are open to anyone in grades 9-12 living in Erie County, but we do give priority to Erie School District students with socio-economic need.

After completing the application form, a staff member will review your application and respond to confirm your enrollment. If you have questions, please contact us at art@eriecat.org.

Classes take place in the ECAT Wayne Building. Transportation is not provided.

Learn Design and Career Skills

Learn how professional artists and designers work with a client to create projects and solve problems. Learn to test your ideas with client feedback and design projects that clients will be happy with and pay you for.

Being a great artist doesn’t always mean people will hire you. Employers want to work with someone who communicates well, has real-world experience and knows how to work in a team. The Teen Arts Career program gives you that experience. In addition to art skills, you’ll learn budgeting, project management, art installation and how to build a portfolio.

You’ll also learn what it’s like to work in a creative field. Unlike working for yourself, working for a client means listening to what they want and solving their problems. This experience will help you plan your future career.

Past Project

East Ave. Community Mural

In a past Teen Arts Career project, students created a community mural.


Students first met with the building owner and learned about their needs. Students then researched the neighborhood, identified a community issue, developed a budget and created a project management plan.


Students created multiple designs and received client feedback throughout the process until they arrived at the final design.


Students created the mural on poly-tab panels then installed using a lift. Students learned how to plan, paint and install a mural from professional artists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is transportation to and from ECAT provided? 

No. On days we go on field trips, ECAT transports students from ECAT to the field trip location, then back to ECAT. 

Will food be provided? 

Small snacks are available from 4-5 PM.

I have a job or other conflicts and will not be able to make it to every class. Can I still attend? 

The Teen Arts Career program requires 85% attendance, meaning students can only miss 3 class sessions.

Request a class

Have a suggestion for class you want to take? Submit a request

The Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) is a community-based educational arts and career training facility that inspires, educates and empowers people of all ages with adult job training and creative youth programs.




Erie Center for Arts & Technology
650 East Avenue, Suite 120
Erie, PA 16503

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM