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 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

2020 is CANCELLED | 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 15 - July 24, 2020 | 10 AM - 3 PM

Ages 5-13

Summer Arts Camp is a six-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.

Go to kacvirtualsummer.eventbrite.com to sign up and see the updated prices.

With the incorporation of the elements of Hip Hop; MCing (oral), Turntablism or DJing (aural), B-boying (physical), Graffiti art (visual) and Knowledge of self, youth participants, also known as King’s Kids, ages 5-13, will be exposed to the artist, works and mediums of this era and explore the impacts of Hip Hop to this day. In addition to these various art forms, youth will also engage in yoga, dance, visual art and so much more.

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020 | 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 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. 

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