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
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
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.
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
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. Need-based scholarships are available.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
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
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
Homeschool Workshops: columbusmuseum.org/homeschool-workshops-registration
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
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
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
Offer year-round hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. 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
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
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.
Office: 400 South Fifth Street, Suite 103, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Jazz Academy: 734 East Long Street, 4th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43203
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
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.
Dublin: 28 North High Street, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Marysville: 1004 Columbus Avenue, Marysville, Ohio 43040
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.
867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
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.
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
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
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
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.
769 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
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
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
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.
A nonprofit organization that offers year-round violin, viola and cello programs for students as young as 3 years old.
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
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
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.
(614) 252-3157, ext. 128
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.
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