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Check out this News & Advance article on the 2017 Summer BLUR program.

Attention creative writers, visual artists, and sound artists!

The Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists (BLUR) is an accelerated summer program for high school students. We encourage the blending and transcending of artistic genres and categories. Over the course of three weeks, students will test the boundaries of

  • Media. Students declare an area of emphasis--creative writing, painting/ drawing/ sculpting, or sound design/composition--and cross-train in the others.
  • Technique. Students learn how to approach artistic media in new and unexpected ways.
  • Community. A shared space with classmates and master teachers allows students to blur the lines between instructor and learner.



  • Three intensive weeks--from June 18th to July 9th (2017)
  • Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Artistic tracks: creative writing, studio art, and sound design/ composition
  • Coeducational
  • Two hours of college credit
  • Location: Sweet Briar College, Virginia
  • Financial aid & scholarships available
  • Tuition: $2980
  • Attendees who later attend Sweet Briar College will receive a $2,000 tuition credit in their first year*

*minus scholarships/ financial aid