Visual Art Literacy Training

Taught by accomplished adult artists, our Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program provides a comprehensive hands-on arts education for youth 12-21 years of age.

VALT is a FREE program for youth participants with priority given to young people who live, go to school, or are otherwise connected to North Minneapolis. Students may participate in VALT over multiple years or use the training program as a pathway to employment in one of our apprenticeship studios.

VALT is a required introductory program that youth must complete in order to be eligible to be hired for a paid apprentice position in a JXTALab or Studio.

*VALT meets 3 days a week during the school year and 4 days a week in the Summer. Youth must be able to attend the majority of days throughout the session. 

VALT Schedule:

Summer session is currently full, however if you’d like to sign up for Free Wall our graffiti program the link is below: 

VALT Fall 2017 Session

  • September 12th – December 7th, 2017: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30p – 7:30p, and Saturdays from 11:00a – 2:00p

*If you have any questions or comments, contact Jared via email at, or call (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.”