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Arts Programs

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus (ATC)

Offers theatre classes and summer camps for children and teens. They provide actors of all experience levels a place to grow and strengthen their acting and performing skills.
1000 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Performance Location: Schiller Park, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-6888


Offers mini, full- and half-day summer camps and dance classes to help children learn creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Pilates and more. Scholarships are available some classes are free. They also offer free pre-performance discussions in the theatre with artistic staff, choreographers, dancers and special guests; and offer free tickets to individuals from under-served groups and those with special needs.

  • BalletMet Dance Centre, Downtown
    322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 229-4860
  • BalletMet Dance Centre, Worthington
    McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
    777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 431-0329

(614) 224-1672

Capriccio Columbus

Capriccio Youth Choir (CYC) is for youth grades 2-12 throughout the year and provides summer opportunities as well. Kids develop singing skills, knowledge of music theory, and improve vocal technique through high-quality music education.
PO Box 1225, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Center for Architecture and Design Camp Architecture

A summer camp for central Ohio youth ages 8-18, which introduces them to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities, field trips, walking tours, presentations by professionals and imaginative games. Scholarships are available.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-1973

Classroom Antics

Offers summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) camps around the Columbus, Ohio area for kids 7-14 years old.
10143 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133
(800) 595-3776

Columbus Children’s Choir

Offers vocal instruction and music education to young singers ages 5-18 in Central Ohio. Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Contact directly for costs and payment plan details and their high school internship program.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 220-5555

Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT)

Offers theatre classes, workshops, summer camps and private lessons for kids and teens. Private lesson subjects include: Acting, Voice, Dance, Flute and Piano. Financial assistance is available for families who show need.
Columbus Children’s Theatre: 512 North Park Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
CCT Studios & Administrative Offices: 177 East Naghten Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6672

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

Offers Creative Summer Workshops, which are a series of workshops for youth in grades 1 through 12, offering quality art instruction taught by arts professionals. They also offer Saturday Morning Art Classes, which provide art and design education to children in grades 1 through 12. Scholarships are available.
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 222-9101

Columbus Museum of Art (CMA)

Offers half-day and full day summer camps, workshops for homeschoolers, free and pay-what-you-want admission days and offers free studio space for children and teens to experiment, play, and explore with imaginative ideas and unexpected materials.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801
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Columbus Music and Art Academy

Offers the Columbus International Children’s Choir, art classes, music theory classes, and singing lessons for kids ages 4-18 from Central Ohio communities.
Bethel International United Methodist Church
1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Mailing Address: PO Box 344, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 309-2546

Drama Kids of North Columbus

Drama Kids offers drama programs, classes and summer and holiday camps open to kids ages 3 to 18. They primarily serves the Olentangy Local School District, Dublin School District and Delaware Schools.
8917 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
(740) 201-1070

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offer hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year for kids and adults. They also provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. A reduced rate family membership and free admission on the first Sunday of the month is available for families.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054

Hixon Dance

Offers dance and creative movement classes for youth ages 3 and up and adults. Visit the website to find descriptions and locations of classes.
PO Box 82630, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 382-2787

Jazz Arts Group

Offers a tuition-free youth jazz program, focusing on listening, learning and performing jazz. They also provide band and vocal classes, workshops, summer programs and group performances.
734 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 294-5200

Jefferson Academy of Music

A nonprofit organization that offers affordable music education. They offer private lessons and group classes in a variety of instruments (like violin, viola, cello, bass, piano and guitar) and musical disciplines (like voice, stage management). Scholarships are available for students with financial need.
630 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 268-0750

Kindermusik with Emily

Offers music and movement classes to assist in growth and development of newborns up to 6 year old children. Kindermusik uses dance, storytelling, movement, singing and music to help develop confidence and coordination, improve attention skills, enhance rhythm, creativity and more. These classes have a fee.
60 West Old Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(330) 685-5209

King Arts Complex

Offers a visual and performing arts summer camp and “school break” camps for children ages 5 to 13. They also offer free after-school and Saturday arts programs.
867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-5464 or (614) 645-0676

McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

Offers summer visual and performing arts camps for children and teens. They also offer arts classes throughout the year.
777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 431-0329


Serves high school juniors and seniors from public schools in Franklin County. Students of the humanities program pursue in-depth research projects, engage with the local arts community and earn high school credit. Founded by the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio.
First Congregational Church
444 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 595-2346

Ohio Craft Museum

Offers art education classes, workshops, summer camps, spring break mini-camps and more for children, teens and families throughout the year.
1665 West Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 486-4402

Ohio State University (OSU) Youth Summer Music Programs

Offers overnight and day summer programs for middle school and high school musicians and singers who love music. Visit the website for specific location and contact information for each music program.
1866 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Ohio University High School Journalism Workshop

A summer residential program that offers high school students opportunities to learn the latest journalism techniques and a chance to earn college credit. Scholarships are available.
35 Park Place, Athens, Ohio 45701
(304) 206-5981

Shadowbox Live

A local theatre company that offers various performance art education programs for youth ages 8 to 21 throughout the year. Scholarships are available.
503 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 416-7625

Suzuki Music Columbus

A nonprofit organization that offers year-round violin, viola and cello programs for students as young as 3 years old.

  • Suzuki Main Branch
    Redeemer Lutheran Church
    1555 South James Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43209
  • Suzuki North Branch
    Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church
    7521 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43085

Mailing Address: PO Box 91236, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 216-1343

Tantrum Theater

Offers summer theater, drama, and film production camps for youth ages 7-18.

  • Administrative Office at Ohio University
    19 South College Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
  • Performances in the Abbey Theater
    5600 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017

(614) 793-5700

Thurber House

Offers several creative writing workshops and classes, summer camps, publishing opportunities and more for children ages 7 to 19. Scholarships are available.
Thurber Center: 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Thurber House: 77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 464-1032

Transit Arts

An open studio for youth ages 12 to 21. They offer mentoring opportunities, opportunities to perform and exhibit artwork throughout Columbus, and free workshops in performing, visual, writing, or media arts.
Central Community House
1251 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157

Wexner Center for the Arts

Offers art classes, workshops and other free programs, while earning high school credit, for teens throughout the year.
The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6493


Provides free open studio space and one day workshops for teens, at select Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, to give them hands-on experience with music programming, audio recording, videography, video editing, digital art, fine arts and more.

  • Main Library
    96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Driving Park Branch
    1422 Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Whitehall Branch
    4371 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213

(614) 645-2275

Young Writers Workshop (YWW)

A week-long summer program for high school students in Columbus City Schools, charter schools in the City of Columbus, South-Western City Schools, and Reynoldsburg City Schools. Students are selected based on the promise of their writing.
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210