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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-day and half-day summer camps and year-round dance classes, children from ages 3-18 learn creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Pilates and more. Scholarships are available and some classes are free. They also offer free pre-performance discussions 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
  • BalletMet Dance Centre, Worthington
    McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
    777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085

(614) 229-4860

Capriccio Columbus

Capriccio Youth Choir (CYC) provides year-round programming for youth grades 2-12. Kids develop singing skills, knowledge of music theory, and improve vocal technique through high-quality music education. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 1225, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Center for Architecture & Design Camp Architecture

A summer camp for central Ohio youth grades 3-12, that introduces them to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities, field trips, walking tours, presentations by professionals and imaginative games. Need-based scholarships are available.
50 West Town Street, Suite 110, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-1973

Columbus Children’s Choir

Offers vocal instruction and music education year-round to young singers ages 5-18 in Central Ohio. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
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 their classes and camps.
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, and a Pre-College Art program. Merit-based and need-based scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

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. General admission is free on Sunday.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801

Columbus Music & 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. Enrollment is available throughout the year. All classes and choir rehearsals are held on Saturdays.
Bethel International United Methodist Church
1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
Mailing Address: PO Box 344, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 309-2546

Cultural Arts Center (CAC) Crane Scholarship

Provides graduating high school seniors an opportunity to create art at the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department’s Cultural Arts Center (CAC). This opportunity comes at no (or very little) cost to the participant. No artistic history is required to participate. Artists who participate in this program may be eligible to have their work displayed in a future Cultural Arts Center exhibition. For eligibility and guidelines, please review the appropriate application on their website.
139 West Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7047

Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women

A free, two-week summer digital animation program for young women in 7th and 8th grade. The mentors are Ohio State graduate students and faculty engage the young women graphics and animation, integrating problem-solving skills, collaborative learning and presentation.
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design
1813 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2406

Do It For the Love Music Wish Grants

Nominate yourself of someone you know so they can have the gift of attending a music concert. This organization reviews and grants these wishes and allows children to have opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise. Their mission is to inspire hope and healing through the power of music by supporting music therapy and providing live music experiences.
360 Grand Avenue, Oakland, California 94610
(844) 484-3568

Drama Kids of North Columbus

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.
659 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(740) 201-1070

Encompass Adoptees

Hosts free monthly support groups for adoptive and foster parents and kinship caregivers, and also separate support groups for adult adoptees and foster care alum. Offers a monthly art studio for foster and adopted youth. Hosts monthly educational webinars for parents, professionals and adult adoptees / foster alum. Serves young adults beyond age 18 as well. Scholarships are offered for the webinars. They also provide coaching and counseling services.
122 South Terrace Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(502) 873-6723

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offers family-friendly exhibits, classes, workshops, and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. Check the website Calendar for upcoming events and classes, which are sometimes free. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. Active or Retired service members get $1 off each ticket. SNAP, EBT, WIC and Medicaid recipients get tickets for $3 each with ID and proof of participation.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000

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.
5080 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(380) 222-4196

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. Auditions for Columbus Youth Jazz is held in the spring each year.
769 East Long Street 4th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 294-5200

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus

Provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts opportunities. They also offer teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-2731

Kindermusik with Emily

Offers music and movement classes for ages 4 months to 5 years old. 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 and are offered year-round.
28 North High Street, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 845-2923

King Arts Complex

Offers a visual and performing arts summer camp and “school break” camps in the spring and winter for children ages 5 to 13. They also host community events, such as the Heritage Music Festival, MLK Day Open House and art exhibits at their Elijah Pierce Gallery.
835 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-5464

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. Visit the website for additional contact information.

Ohio Craft Museum

Offers art and craft education classes, workshops, summer camps and more for children, teens and families throughout the year.
1665 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(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. OSU also offers one-day workshops for various musical instruments. Visit the website for specific location and contact information for each music program.
1866 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Ohio University (OU) 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. They offer various session tracks, including broadcast, news writing, photojournalism, sports, advertising, podcasting and more. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
20 East Union Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-2587

Otterbein Summer Music Experience

Offers music education to rising 9th through 12th grade composers, pianists, classical vocalists, strings, wind, brass players and percussionists. Students have opportunities to get an introduction to college music training, daily one-on-one instrumental or vocal lessons, musicians’ health, music technology, music history and more. Scholarships are available.
170 West Park Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 823-1219

Patternz Summer Camp

Offers 7 one-week camps for children ages 6-13 designed to spark creativity and a passion for the arts through experience with multiple art forms, including dance, theater, music and visual arts.
Lincoln Theatre
769 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 719-6936

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

An intensive, ten-day summer seminar for high school students from low-income backgrounds who have at least a 3.5 GPA and an interest in journalism. The cost is free, including travel costs to and from Princeton. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria. Check website for more details.
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop

A 8-day residential writing program for high school students (rising juniors and seniors) who love to write. The workshop is held at Denison University. Need-based financial assistance is available.
100 West College Street, Granville, Ohio 43023
(740) 587-6207

Shadowbox Live

A local theatre company that offers various performance art programs for teens ages 15 and up. Scholarships available for their summer program and they are given based on merit and financial need. Students can also offset half of tuition costs by completing a work-study at their theatre.
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 Road, Columbus, Ohio 43209
  • Suzuki North Branch
    Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church
    7521 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43085

(614) 216-1343

Tantrum Theater

Offers year-round theater, drama, and film production camps for youth. Visit the website for addition contact information.
Administrative Office at Ohio University
19 South College Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-1780

The Art of Music

Uses movement, music and art to bring kids together by using mediums such as paper, pencils, paint, clay, crayons, glue, singing songs, movement, playing rhythm instruments and playing games. Their 6-week sessions help promote self-esteem, self-expression, creativity, speech/language development, and brain development.
129 Orangewick Drive North, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
(937) 645-7641

The Young Writers Workshop

A two-week residential workshop for high-school students (ages 16-18) who are eager to develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and more insightful thinkers. The program is located at Kenyon College. They offer need-based financial aid.
102 West Wiggin Street, Gambier, Ohio 43022
(740) 427-5391

Thurber House

Offers several creative writing workshops and classes, summer camps, publishing opportunities and more for children ages 7 to 18. 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. Visit the website for additional contact information.

  • Transit Arts Studio
    294 Wilson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 732-0198
  • Central Community House
    1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-3157

Urban Arts Space

Offers free educational and art-making opportunities throughout the year for youth, including a free arts summer camp.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
(614) 292-8861

Wexner Center for the Arts

Offers art classes, opportunities to earn high school credit (Art & Ecology course), workshops and other free programs for teens throughout the year. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210


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 and more. Visit the “Events” page or contact for program times.

  • Barnett
    3434 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43227
  • Driving Park Branch
    1422 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Main Library
    96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Whitehall Branch
    4371 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213

(614) 645-2275

Young Writers Workshop (YWW)

A week-long writing 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 will attend daily workshops and courses, have sessions with visiting writers in various fields and more. Visit the website for contact information.
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

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