The ArtsCenter

The ArtsCenter

The ArtsCenter exists in order to inspire artistic creativity and to enrich the lives of people of all ages.The ArtsCenter envisions a world in which people embrace the arts as a critical component of daily life. Our values are sustainability, excellence, accountability, and inclusivity.

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For grades K-5, AfterSchool Arts Immersion (AAI) provides thematic and cultural arts programming for up to 36 young artists, most of whom attend Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Monthly themes feature a new artistic focus and a new team of artists-in-residence. Throughout the year, children are introduced to a variety of performing and visual art forms including capoeira, puppetry, mask making, hip hop dance, ceramics and much more. At the end of each month, students showcase their new found skills through a family sharing performance and/or exhibit. Parents, grandparents, friends, and other family members bring potluck dishes to share as they enjoy the family sharing event. AAI serves children of all economic, racial and cultural backgrounds, which further supports The ArtsCenter’s drive to make the arts available to all people in our community. 3% of the youth in our program are Latino/a, 14% are African-American, 11% are of Asian or Indian descent, with the remaining percentage being Caucasian.
Youth Art Classes provide flexible after school arts programming for public school system students and morning arts curriculum for home schooled youth. Classes are offered in a wide variety of art forms for youth of all ages. Offerings change each semester. Scholarships for each group allow the program to serve the 26% of Orange county students from families living under the poverty level.
ArtsCamp and Summer Youth Workshops offer a wide variety of opportunities to explore creative expression for children in (rising) grades K-12. ArtsCamp offers programs to K-6th grade in painting, drawing, cartooning, ceramics, puppetry, drama, movement, music, and much more. Summer Youth Workshops feature classes in both performing arts and visual arts for students in 7th-12th grades. Summer programs at The ArtsCenter served over 650 individuals in 2012, additionally 85 area students in grades 9-12 gained valuable experience and service learning hours working as volunteer counselors in the ArtsCamp program.
School Shows and SuperFun Shows: The ArtsCenter, in conjunction with the area’s PTA Cultural Enrichment Committee, programs almost 70 performances in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools each year and another dozen at The ArtsCenter. We also produce the SuperFun family entertainment series at The ArtsCenter featuring the very best family entertainers touring nationally, along with quality kids’ entertainers who are based locally. These programs serve young audiences aggregating more than 20,000 kids each year.
The ArtsCenter’s Arts In Education program is based in our focus Title One school, Central Elementary in Hillsborough. We also offer workshops for teaching artists that serve a statewide audience.
ArtSchool is Orange County’s most comprehensive source for continuing arts education for people of all backgrounds ages 15 and older (some classes are open to ages 13 and up, with instructor permission.) In 2011, 87 professional teaching artists offered 527 classes to 2340 students at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels including: theater, drawing, design, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry making writing, digital arts, dance, music, cooking, applied arts, art history and arts career development. Twenty-five low income persons who would otherwise be unable to attend these classes received scholarship and fellowships. The ArtsCenter provides a certificate program in drawing and painting.

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AfterSchool Arts Immersion

300-G East Main
Carrboro, NC
Carrboro, NC

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