Artscope’s mission is to provide a safe and educational environment for children to explore the arts and to strengthen the ties within the Saint Louis community.


Our five core values are woven into all our programming, practiced by Artscope’s professional teaching artists and staff, and modeled for all our young participants.


We understand that creativity is a set of skills that are nurtured with lots of opportunity to practice, and developing these skills is critical to a child’s future success. We value each child’s unique ideas and approach to problem solving.


We seek out diverse staff, students, influences and opportunities. We strive to ensure the children and families in Artscope’s programs reflect the diversity of our surrounding Tower Grove community, and St. Louis City.  


We look to the natural environment surrounding us in beautiful Tower Grove Park for inspiration.  We strive to repurpose, re-imagine and re-use wherever possible as we make art.


We help each other as we create together.  We know that sometimes the best thoughts and ideas are generated through the group thinking, dreaming and making together.


We spend as much time as possible engaged in imaginative play, in a technology-free zone. Free play allows us to move our bodies, relax our minds and think up the most creative ideas!

Artscope is an inclusive community. Artscope does not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran. Artscope prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.


Artscope’s philosophy centers around the development of creative skills in young people. At Artscope we believe that creativity is a skill that can be developed with practice, not a special talent a child either has or doesn’t have.


We believe ALL children are creative, and what they need to express their creativity is an opportunity to practice the creative skills that art-making teaches in a supportive and failure-free environment.

By encouraging children to develop an artistic idea and follow it through to a conclusion, using whatever materials and resources are available, we help them build confidence in their own creative abilities.


We also believe in the power of play and the benefits of immersion in nature. At Artscope, children spend as much time outdoors as the weather allows, exploring their surroundings, inventing new games, and connecting with friends. Artscope is also a technology-free zone a rare space in our modern world.



Artscope was founded by Saint Louis artist Jenna Bauer to create an accessible space for children and adults to experience the arts. Then named the Saint Louis City Open Studio and Gallery (SCOSaG), a former stone gate house in Tower Grove Park provided children and adults an inclusive environment to explore creativity.


Artscope underwent an administrative staff restructure, adding a program director and marketing associate in addition to an executive director.


SCOSaG refocused the arts programs to serve primarily children and youth, including yearly arts education programs and summer camps. SCOSaG also provided arts education for community organizations and events throughout Saint Louis City.


Artscope continues to be the only arts education program in St. Louis City to be permanently located in a natural environment, calling Tower Grove Park its home for over 16 years.  From our cozy cottage in the park, Artscope continues to work to provide access to the arts for St. Louis children through our core values of creativity, ecology, diversity, play, cooperation.


SCOSaG was renamed Artscope under the same mission and vision.

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2929 Tower Grove Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110