Registration is open for Winter ’21 Youth Classes & Workshop for Adults

With four schools within walking distance, we are truly at “The Center” and excited to offer even more options for local students. The newly renovated building offers a more flexible space and will enable us to expand and improve our Youth Arts Education programs. We have expanded beyond Summer Camps to offer classes for youth in the Fall, Winter and Spring.

Arts education isn’t just for the young! The Center for the Arts now offers a wide variety of arts education for adults 17+ including one-time workshops, week-long intensive classes, series and weekly programs. Locations range from in-house to virtual depending on the program.


Winter ’21 Offerings:


For Adults:

Memoir Writing II (Online via Zoom)

This second part of Susan Jane Gilman’s intensive online memoir-writing workshop is for those who have already participated in her introductory workshop, “Telling Your Own Story” that was held by the Center online last October. Participants will continue to develop their skills and writing from Part I of the workshop. This month-long follow-up course will pick up where Part I left off, and it will be customized to focus on their creative needs and interests. It will include sessions on “showing not telling,” how to master the art of dialogue, using different types of language, and editing. There will be exercises, spirited discussions, light reading assignments, and workshops. The instructor hopes that it will reinvigorate and inspire everyone after the holidays. Four weeks/8 sessions. Tuesday & Thursdays in January, 10-11:30 am PST. Learn More.


Playwriting 101: Writing The Short Play (Online via Zoom)

Playwriting 101: Writing The Short Play is designed specifically to meet the needs of students who have a wide range of writing experience focusing on the fundamentals of playwriting (character, structure, dialogue, action, and conflict). Writing The Short Play teaches the specific art of writing a satisfying ten-minute play with the end goal of having students complete a rough first-draft. Taught by critically acclaimed and award-winning playwright, Patricia Cotter. Patricia holds accolades including; American Academy of Arts Letters, Richard Rodgers Award, Daytime Emmy Award, Writers Guild of America Award. Four weeks/4 sessions. Wednesdays, February 10 – March 3, 4-5:30pm PST. Learn More.


For Youth:

Aerial Arts (In-Person)

New this season, AirAligned will teach both a beginner AND an intermediate Aerial Class. Past participants of AirAligned classes are invited to participate in the intermediate class, meeting Mondays & Wednesdays. Students new to silks can register for the beginner class, which meets Tuesdays & Thursdays. Over the course of two months students will learn the entertaining arts of the aerial arts. Learning aerial skills is a fun way for kids to gain confidence, poise, and strength. Eight weeks/16 sessions. February – March. 3-5pm. Learn More.


Theater Dance (In-Person)

Learn and perform choreography from Broadway musicals and movies! Students will also explore the principles of good acting, develop believable characters, learn audition tips and techniques and create and perform scenes and mini plays. Eight weeks/16 sessions. Tuesdays & Thursdays, February – March, 3:30 – 5pm. Learn More.



Covid-19 Protocols for 2021 Arts Education

• Face coverings (mask, shield, cover) will be highly recommended for students participating in youth arts programming. Free disposable face masks will be available in each camp and must be used if children are not able to be six feet apart. Cloth face masks will be required for all instructors and aides in the classrooms.

• Capacity Limitations will be strictly enforced to ensure children are spaced six feet apart. 10 participants will be allowed in each session.

• Social Distancing must be maintained at all times during classes. This will be monitored by the instructors and the aides. Class activities will encourage distancing throughout the programs.

• Hand Washing will be required at the beginning of the class and after the break time for all students in the session.

• Wellness Checks will be conducted for all students upon arrival with a no touch thermometer.

• Food Snacks and water will not be provided and should be brought from home. Sharing of food or snacks will not be permitted among students.

For more info please refer to our COVID-19 Business Operations Plan.