Visual Art Literacy Training

Our Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program provides a comprehensive hands-on arts education for youth 12—21 years of age.

Our Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program provides FREE comprehensive hands-on arts education for youth ages 12—21. Taught by industry professionals, this intensive, college level course introduces students to the basic skills and techniques of drawing and visual art.

VALT enrollment priority is given to Northside youth and youth enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools, and is required in order to interview for a paid apprenticeship in one of JXTA’s art and design labs.

Applications for Winter 2020 are now open.

January 14 – March 18, 2020

Tuesdays, Wednesdays | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.*
Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

End of Session Open House: Wed. December 18

To apply, please complete the application using the link below. Note: you will not get an immediate confirmation, but we will follow up with you within two weeks to get you signed up for an Info & Interview Session (Sat. December 14, Wed. December 18, or Sat. January 4. Location: 1108 West Broadway Ave).


*Dates and times are subject to change and will be confirmed and communicated prior to the beginning of the session.

CURRENT SESSION, Fall 2019: September 17th—December 11th


(612) 588-1148

CBS Minnesota — VALT Students preparing for a career in the arts

“It’s a pretty unique program that doesn’t really exist elsewhere in Minneapolis or nationally,” said instructor Nate Young. “One of the things we strive for is to show students that art isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way that you can make money and have a job.”