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 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 Batelle, Blick Art Materials, Cardinal Health Foundation, City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Columbus Foundation, Franklin County Department of Jobs and Family Services, Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Growing and Growth Collective, Honda of America Foundation, Thelma Clark Scholarship Fund, and United Way of Central Ohio.

Ages 5-13

Next class TBA

Check out past programs' final short films: https://kingartscomplex.com/young-filmmakers-project-archive/

Have you ever wanted to make a film? Once you learn how, then you'll have the creative control to make one! The Young Filmmakers Project is a hands-on course where students learn the nuts and bolts of film production at one of Columbus's iconic arts institutions. In the process, our young filmmakers will write, direct and produce a short film.

All teens 13-18 years old who are interested in making movies are welcome --- NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Learn professional script writing, directing, filming, and editing! Collaborate with fellow aspiring filmmakers to write a screenplay, direct actors, film, light and record audio on your very own film.

The King Arts Complex has partnered with a local Independent Filmmaker to produce a professional short film. Participants of the Young Filmmakers Project will have a budget and access to professional film equipment. By the end of the program, every aspiring artist will be have the official title of Filmmaker and a project of their very own to add to their reel.

Unfortunately, there will be no Spring Academy in 2021. Stay tuned for information on our next Youth Filmmakers Project and Summer Academy.

Next Date TBD | 9 AM - 4 PM
Before-Care: 7:30 - 9 AM
Aftercare: 4 - 5:30 PM

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. 

June 14 to August 6 | 9 AM - 4 PM ($115/week)

*$25 Registration fee

Ages 5-13

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

Pay today at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-academy-tickets-153842841079

Payment for Before and After Care are due at the King Arts Complex building:
Before Care: 7:30 AM - 9 AM ($25/week)
Aftercare: 4 PM - 5:30 PM ($25/week)
Before and After Care: ($40/week)

Online Registration Form

All participants must submit a registration form on or before the first day of the program. Please send or drop off your completed form to Hellen Corder at hcorder@kingartscomplex.com or at 835 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus, OH 43203. Please call (614) 645-5464 before dropping off a form or payment to check for availability.

If you would prefer to print and register by mail, please download, print and send the form above to 835 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus, OH 43203.

Scholarships

If this program is out of your price range, please contact Hellen Corder at hcorder@kingartscomplex.com for scholarship opportunities.

Program Facilitator Registration Form

If you are interested in teaching a specific program (dance, theater, etc...), please fill out the Program Facilitator Form.

Instructor Assistant Registration Form

If you would like to be an assistant to the instructor, please fill out the form here.

Funded by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and administered by FCDJFS

Program support comes from Battelle, Blick Art Materials, Cardinal Health Foundation, City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Columbus Foundation, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Growing and Growth Collective, Honda of America Foundation, Thelma Clark Scholarship Fund and United Way of Central Ohio.

Next Date TBD | 9 AM - 4 PM

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 2021 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. 

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