Youth Arts Education

Our Youth Arts Education Program is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary initiative designed for children and teens during out-of-school hours. Named "Best Community Art Center" by Columbus Parent Magazine in consecutive years, the program includes an eight-week summer arts camp, and annual spring and winter arts academies.

Carefully tailored to the needs of students in first grade through ninth grade, and administered by local artists in partnership with our professional staff, our scientifically based arts education curriculum provides hands-on opportunities to explore dance, visual arts, theatre, music, and more.

The King Arts Complex offers professional quality performing arts opportunities for students studying dance, music, and theater. Students are encouraged to express themselves, emphasizing creativity and experimentation through age-appropriate projects, themes and skills. Performing opportunities include recitals, theater productions, and community performances.

Youth Arts Academies

  • Youth Arts Academies coincide with Columbus City Schools spring and winter breaks.
  • Instruction by professional artists in dance, theater, music, visual art, and literature. Field trips and meals provided.

Sponsored by Franklin County Community Partnership, Honda, Cardinal Health Foundation, U.S. Bank, Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Motorists Insurance Group, and Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Ages 5-13

To sign up for Spring, Summer, or Winter Youth Academy, click the link below

Youth Academy Sign Up

 

Going Green Spring Academy
April 14 - April 17, 2020 | 9 AM - 4 PM
Before-Care: 7:30 - 9 AM
Aftercare: 4 - 5:30 PM

The King Arts Complex Spring Academy runs throughout the Columbus City Schools spring recess. This year’s theme is Going Green — spring is the time for rebirth, rejuvenation, and renewal. Youth, ages 5 - 13, will learn about gardening and all its benefits. Sessions will include harvesting and planting seeds, healthy cooking and science demos, and the use of organic materials to create unique art projects.

Programming: $115 per child
Registration Fee: $25

Before-care: $25
Aftercare: $25
Before-care & Aftercare: $40

All participants must submit a medical release form on or before the first day of the program. 

 

Black Arts Movement (BAM) Summer Academy

June 3 - August 2, 2019 | 9 AM - 4 PM
Before-care: 7:30 - 9 AM
Aftercare: 4 - 5:30 PM

Summer Arts Camp is an eight-week, all day program themed around the Black Arts Movement. Black Aesthetics Movement or BAM was the name given to a group of black poets, artists, dramatists, musicians, and writers who emerged in the wake of the Black Power Movement. Youth participants will be exposed to the artists, works, and mediums of this era.

Programming: $125 per week/per child
Registration Fee: $25

Before-care: $25
Aftercare: $25
Before-care & Aftercare: $40

All participants must submit a medical release form on or before the first day of the program. 

 

Kwanzaa Winter Youth Academy

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020 | 9 AM - 4 PM

The King Arts Complex Winter academy runs the duration of winter break for Columbus City Schools. KWANZAA is an African American Celebration of Family, Community and Culture. It is so important that all students are challenged to be original creators of work, and most importantly, that they have fun doing it! Here at the King Arts Complex we provide an inviting environment that pushes all students to perform to their greatest abilities. The Winter Academy is a one of our Youth Education programs. This course is for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Youth participants will learn about the principles of KWANZAA by working with local, visual and performing artists. There is something for everyone here at the 2019 Winter Academy.

Programming: $115 per child
Registration Fee: $25

All participants must submit a medical release form on or before the first day of the program.