Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)

Every June through August, White Bear Center for the Arts offers Imagine Art Summer Classes for Youth. These classes, taught by local professional artists, are for students aged 3 to 18. Students can take classes in mediums from painting, to sculpture, to writing, and so much more.

This year and next, WBCA is excited and fortunate to be a part of the Minnesota Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) offered through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. This program provides stipends to cover the cost of tuition for low-income students in grades 3-11 to attend Imagine Art summer classes for youth. Any family that qualifies for free/reduced lunch, or is able to demonstrate the State standards of financial eligibility, may receive up to $1000 in Imagine Art scholarships. 

Each year, WBCA is able to offer up to three scholarships per student over the summer for anyone who needs them. Additional financial support from the Joan and Oliver Washburn Family Fund has ensured Imagine Art remains accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. While this has been a wonderful way to engage students, the art center now has a way to offer comprehensive financial assistance for Imagine Art tuition to families in need.

Questions? Contact Programming Coordinator Abigail Thompson at


Apply to be part of the Summer Academic Enrichment Program through White Bear Center for the Arts here: