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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) 224-1672

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.
PO Box 1225, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Center for Architecture and Design Camp Architecture

A summer camp for central Ohio youth ages 8-18, that 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 in multiple locations 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.
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.
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. General admission is free on Sunday.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801
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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 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

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

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

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

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

Global Citizen Summer Camp

A week-long summer camp that introduces middle school students (grades 6-8) to multiple world languages and global citizenship. Participants receive a couple hours of world language instruction in small groups, followed by a cultural lesson taught in English, and activities on global issues and what it mean to be a global citizen. Scholarships are available.
The Ohio State University
1775 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210

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. Auditions for Columbus Youth Jazz is held in the spring each year.
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 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 at various locations.
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 in the spring and winter for children ages 5 to 13.
867 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.
(614) 202-8634

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

Otterbein Summer Music Experience

Offers rising 9th through 12th grade string players, guitarists, pianists, vocalists, wind and brass players, percussionists and composers music education. 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

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

Sound Aloud

A faith-based non-profit organization that offers creative arts classes, holistic health and free mentoring and outreach programs. They also offer intern and apprenticeship opportunities to students. Their classes serve students from ages 5 to adults, to the homeschooling community and organizations. Their programs and classes have a minimal fee, which teach fine arts, dance, theater, choir, band, wellness, music lessons and more.
Millworks Art Studios
2020 Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 593-6061

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.

  • 1251 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • 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, workshops and other free programs 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 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. Students are selected based on the promise of their writing.
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210