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.

General Youth Programming Information

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

Register For Any Of The Youth Programs Below Here

After School Program (Fall Session)
Monday-Thursday | 4 PM - 6 PM
Ages 6-13 (Grades 1-8)
Free
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It's time again! Serving 1st grade-8th grade for after school tutoring Monday-Thursday from 4 PM - 6 PM.  We also provide enrichment in Technology and Arts for 4th grade - 8th grade. Sign your student up now!

The King Arts Complex After School Program is a FREE session that targets elementary and middle school students between the 1st and 8th grade (ages 6-13). This program, thanks to our community of public and private support, is provided at no cost to you. The After School Program will follow the schedule of Columbus City Schools’ calendar.

Participants will be engaged in three different classes, including Film, Dance and Spoken Word. There will also be a homework/study hour with a tutor, and a light snack provided. The session will conclude with a project combining all the artistic disciplines.

Program support is provided by Cardinal Health Foundation, City Of Columbus, Encova, Franklin County Community Partnership, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and administered by the Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services, Honda Of America Foundation, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, The Thelma Clark Scholarship Fund, U.S. Bank, and United Way of Central Ohio.

Spring Academy
2023 Dates TBD (M-F) | 9 AM - 4 PM
Ages 5 - 13 (Kindergarten through 8th grade)
Programming: $125 per child
Registration Fee: $25

Summer Camp
June 13 - August 5, 2022 (M-F) | 9 AM - 4 PM
Ages 5 - 13 (Kindergarten through 8th grade)
Programming: $125 each week per student
Registration Fee: $25 per student
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Before Care: 7:30 AM - 9 AM ($25/week per student)
Aftercare: 4 PM - 5:30 PM ($25/week per student)
Before and After Care: ($40/week per student)

All payments can be made at the King Arts Complex - Reception Desk.  Accepted payment options are cash, check, credit or debit card.

Summer Arts Camp is an 8-week, all day program. Summer Academy runs throughout the Columbus City Schools summer recess.

This year’s theme for Summer Camp is Activism.

The children ARE our future. Too often they have been at the receiving end of witnessing atrocities and feeling helpless. Most of the children affected cannot vote, create their own social media profiles, or even afford a skating trip and pizza without pooling resources together from adults. They are not unlike the generation prior, wanting to make and be the change in the world and finding it to be quite an arduous task. Yet over the last few years, students have bravely stepped up to demand the promises given to them by their leaders.

Whether it’s students like Greta Thunberg and others championing climate change, or Emma González and the students of Parkland, FL speaking out about school shootings, our children have utilized our ever-changing and evolving social and technological platforms to reach the hearts of people around the world as well as in their own backyard.

The camp will run on a STEAM module (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). This year’s theme for Summer Camp is Activism and will include:
• Dance
• Theater
• Music
• Film
• Animation
• Visual Arts
• Creative Writing
• Digital Coding 

Scholarships
If this program is out of your price range, a scholarship opportunity is available. Click here to download the form.

Please send your completed scholarship application to Kenneth Eaddy at keaddy@kingartscomplex.com.

Program support is provided by Cardinal Health Foundation, City Of Columbus, Encova, Franklin County Community Partnership, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and administered by the Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services, Honda Of America Foundation, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, The Thelma Clark Scholarship Fund, U.S. Bank, and United Way of Central Ohio.

Kwanzaa Youth Winter Academy
2022 Dates TBD | 9 AM - 4 PM
Ages 5 - 13 (Kindergarten through 8th grade)
Programming: $125 per child per week
Registration Fee: $25 per child

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. 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 2022 Winter Academy.

Registration for Kwanzaa Youth Winter Academy is currently not open. More information will be added as soon as it is available.

Program support is provided by Cardinal Health Foundation, City Of Columbus, Encova, Franklin County Community Partnership, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and administered by the Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services, Honda Of America Foundation, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, The Thelma Clark Scholarship Fund, U.S. Bank, and United Way of Central Ohio.

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