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, summer and winter breaks.
  • Instruction by professional artists in dance, theater, music, visual art, and literature. Field trips and meals provided.

Sponsored by Cardinal Health Foundation, City Of Columbus, Encova, Franklin County Community Partnership, Franklin County Department of Jobs & Family Services, Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Honda, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, The Arthur and Thelma Clark Scholarship Fund, U.S. Bank, and United Way of Central Ohio.

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

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.

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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.


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.

Monday through Friday, October 11 to December 17, 2021 | 3 PM - 6 PM
Ages 8-13 (Grades 4-8)

Online Form
Paper Form (Send completed form to keaddy@kingartscomplex.com or print and drop off at 835 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus, OH 43203)

The King Arts Complex After School Program is a 10-week session that targets students between 4th and 8th grade (ages 8-13). This program, thanks to our community of public and private support, is provided at no cost to you.

Online Registration will take place the week of October 4. The first week of the session will begin October 11 and run through December 17. Classes will go from 3 PM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. 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.

All participants must submit a registration form on or before the first day of the program. An online and paper registration form have been created for your convenience. Please send or drop off your completed paper forms to Kenneth Eaddy, Education Arts Administrator, at keaddy@kingartscomplex.com or at 835 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus, OH 43203. Please call (614) 645-0627 with any questions.

Program support is provided by Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services, Cardinal Health, City of Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio, Mid-Ohio Food Bank and The Arthur and Thelma Clark Scholarship Fund.

December 20-23 & December 27-30, 2021 (M-Thurs) | 9 AM - 4 PM
Kindergarten through 8th grade (Ages 5 - 13)

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 2021 Winter Academy.

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

Download Registration Form

Registration forms can be emailed to Hellen Corder at hcorder@kingartscomplex.com or sent in the mail to:

The King Arts Complex
835 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Columbus, OH 43203.

Accepted payments are cash, check or card by the first day of class. You can also mail a check with the printed registration form.

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