Youth Grants

Youth Grants

A South Coast Artist’s micro-grant program was established in 2014 as part of SCA’s ongoing educational mission. The grant was created in memory of Poole Barker, a young exhibiting member of SCA, who came from a family of artists and creators, and was a dedicated artist in her own right.  The microgrant program is designed to help other young artists with their creative pursuits.  We hope that Poole’s spirit of creativity, joy and exploration will live on in these grants.  
SCA micro-grants are designed to encourage emerging young artists to explore their field of interest by helping cover costs of art materials and supplies, art related travel, training, classes, apprenticeships, or other expenses toward the completion of a creative project or goal.
We invite emerging young artists who are current high school students in the towns of Dartmouth and Westport, Massachusetts; and Tiverton and Little Compton, Rhode Island to apply for the micro-grant in September of each year.

Download FAQs about the program here.

Download a Nomination Form here.

Download an Application Form here.


SCA Youth Artist Grant Winners

Through its Youth Artist Grant awards, SCA encourages emerging talent in art by giving students financial support toward a project or goal. To learn more, contact us at

Michele Sherman2018 Youth Artist Grant Winner:
Michele Sherman

Dartmouth High School senior, Michele Sherman, is the most recent winner of its Youth Grant. Michele is an exceptional art student, who is busily preparing her college portfolio, while completing her second advanced placement art class. She will use the grant to purchase materials and equipment that will help her delve more deeply into the study of color. This will help prepare her for her intended career path in digital design and animation. As a grant winner, Michele will also be invited to exhibit one of her works in the South Coast Artists Spring Invitational to be held at Gallery at Four in Tiverton Four Corners.


Jacob WoodJacob Wood

Tiverton student-photographer Jacob Wood, the 2017 recipient of an SCA Youth Artist Grant, will use the grant to learn more about his craft by working with Boston-based photographer and fine arts printmaker, William Morse. Jacob will receive individualized Photoshop and light room training as well as printer and computer training to take his work to the next level. Jacob is looking toward a career in art photography and hope to prepare for a solo exhibition of his work.



Sebastian Vieira

Sebastian Vieira

photo: Desiree Fournier

Tiverton student-artist Sebastian Vieira, the 2016 recipient of an SCA Youth Artist Grant, is pursuing both the art and science of creating objects on a 3-D printer. As a junior at the East Bay MET, Sebastian’s interest was sparked when he learned how to use 3-D printer software to create attachments for a commercially designed prosthetic hand. His SCA grant helped cover the cost of a summer course in Three-Dimensional Design at RISD. Sebastian is looking toward a career in sculpture, architecture, industrial or environmental design.


Maxwell Peckham

Max PeckhamSCA launched its Youth Artist Grants Program in 2015 with an award to Maxwell Peckham of Little Compton, RI.  While in high school, Maxwell began experimenting with metals, smelting and casting processes, by melting down lead sinkers and roof flashings.  As his interest developed, he decided to seek training from a master Blacksmith in Mississippi. During his intensive one-on-one seminar, Max learned how to forge his own tools by hand, using traditional techniques to create useful and also beautiful objects. Max’s grant helped to fund his trip.