Jump Start Program

Jump Start is part of Buffalo Arts Studio’s education program that empowers Buffalo youth to explore their interest in art, develop a portfolio, and prepare for entry into college.


The Program:

Buffalo Arts Studio works with high-school students who show a strong ability and interest in the visual arts and guides them along their college and career path. The Jump Start program features FIVE parts:

1. Excellent Classes – Coursework includes drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and digital media.

2. Thought-Provoking Field Trips – Students visit a variety of museums, galleries, artists and arts professionals to learn about careers in the visual and creative arts.

3. Portfolio Preparation – Instructors and the Education Director help students create, collect and present high-quality work, including an artist statement, in a polished, professional, and meaningful way.

4. Individual Support – Arts and education professionals guide students through their artistic development, college and internships applications, and throughout the college experience.

5. Financial Assistance – Qualifying students receive tuition scholarships, free materials, and assistance with art supplies while enrolled in college.

Who is eligible?

Students 13-18 years old. 

Youth Scholarships

If a student qualifies for free or reduced lunches, classes and participation in the Jump Start Program are free.  Must pre-register with education coordinator prior to first class.


Jayne Hughes, Education Director for more information or to schedule an interview.

Want to see more of our Jump Start Students in action? Check out our Facebook page.

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