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.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance opportunities for youth ages 13-18 in greater Buffalo, with an emphasis on reaching out to students who may not have access to the arts. This program helps them towards a path to earn a college degree through mentorship, advanced art courses, and early development of professional art practices.

Goals of Jump Start Program

Ensure each Jump Start student gains admission into the best college for his/her ability and graduates with a certificate or degree.

Buffalo Arts Studio’s Jump Start program features FOUR parts:

  1. Advance Classes – Coursework includes drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and digital media (financial assistance available for students on free or reduced lunch programs).
  2. Inspiring Fieldtrips – Students visit a variety of museums, galleries, and art spaces, and interact with 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.

Who is eligible?

Students 13-18 years old. 

What does it cost?

The only cost for the program is for classes. If a student qualifies for free or reduced lunches classes are free.  Must pre-register with education director 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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