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.
  • Spring Academy 2018: Spring is Sprung
    Spring is the time for rebirth, rejuvenation, and renewal. Youth will learn about gardening and all its benefits. Sessions will include harvesting and planting seeds, healthy cooking and science demos, and using organic materials to create unique art projects.

Celebrating 50+ Years of Black Super Heroes: Summer Camp

The theme of this year’s eight-week Summer Arts Camp is comic books and Black Superheroes. The next generation of black heroes will come from black creators who can tell their own stories and offer up their own unique creations. Participants of the Summer Arts Camp will be exposed to the artists and art forms of this era, as well as work within visual arts and performing arts.

Before and after care is available from 7:30-9:00 AM and 4-5:30 PM for an additional fee.

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

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