Arts Education

In addition to our live performance schedule, The Center is host to a series of exciting arts focused programs throughout the year to youth and adults.

Explore our Programs:

Youth Arts


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.


  • Student Matinee Series

“The Call of the Wild,” scheduled for Spring 2021, is the first of our new Student Matinee series offering low-to-no cost tickets to students. Based on the classic novel by Jack London, the theatrical presentation features a 180-degree multimedia projection that surrounds actor Noel Gaulin, who plays all of the roles in telling the story of the legendary sled dog Buck. The production is uniquely designed to encourage audience participation through imagination as the story unfolds on stage. We are grateful to BriarPatch for sponsoring the first two Student Matinees at The New Center allowing us to offer student tickets of $5. Thank you to Deer Creek School for being the first to take advantage of this series!

  • Summer Camps

Our Youth Arts Education Program provides in-person and virtual summer camp opportunities for kids to participate in a wide range of professionally guided and instructed art programs. Summer Camps 2020 are now in session!
Register for Summer Camps

  • Fall ’20 & Spring ’21 Classes

We are now offering classes for the Fall of 2020. Our first class is Fall Theater Class with Dinah Smith. Learn More.

Register for Fall Theater Class

Register for Fall Chorus Class

  • Family Fun Day

Offered four times a year, these are free all-day events geared toward families and introduces many young children in our community to their first-ever arts experience. We offer families the opportunity to participate in healthy art-based activities together, such as face painting, crafts, and a balloon artist and other fun entertainment.


Upcoming Youth Programs:









The Center for the Arts now offers a wide variety of arts education including one-time workshops, week-long intensive classes and weekly programs. These workshops are for adults 17+. Locations range from in-house to virtual depending on the program.


  • Telling Your Own Story: Memoir Writing Workshop [ VIRTUAL CLASS ]

Tuesdays & Thursdays in October 2020  
Sometimes we have a true story from our lives that we’re dying to tell, but we’re unsure how to begin. This hands-on workshop will focus on the essentials of writing a memoir – what makes a good story, how to shape your material so that it’s compelling, what to tell (and omit), how to develop your own unique voice, and the broader issues involved in turning a private experience into a public work.

Taught by Susan Jane Gilman
Susan Jane Gilman is the bestselling author of the nonfiction books Kiss My Tiara, and Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven as well as the novels, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street and the forthcoming Donna Has Left the Building. She has provided commentary for NPR, hosted a literary radio show, and written for the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, and Ms., among many others. She has won several literary awards, and her books have been published in a dozen languages. She teaches writing and speaks to audiences worldwide. Her memoir, Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, was an instant New York Times bestseller. 

Location: Online via Zoom. A link will be sent to you the week before.
Dates: October 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29. (9 weeks)
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

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Past Workshops:


  • Creative Writing Workshop


    Tuesdays, August 11 – September 29, 2020 
    This eight-week writing class will teach you how to craft engaging personal essays based on your lived experiences. We’ll explore the following topics: how to identify the heart of the story (it’s not always what you think!), how to give the story a shape, how to find your voice, and how to choose compelling details that make your life come alive on the page. Each week we’ll have short reading and writing assignments and the opportunity to share your work with the class for constructive feedback. These classes will be full of insight and discovery as we will learn about ourselves and each other in a nurturing environment suitable for beginners as well as experienced storytellers looking to sharpen their skills and meet other writers.

    Taught by Jaime Alexis Stathis
    Jaime Alexis Stathis is a nonfiction writer. Her favorite topics are humans, wildlife, and where the two intersect. Her short pieces have been published internationally as well as stateside, and she’s seeking representation for a full-length memoir. Jaime lives in Grass Valley with her boyfriend and dog in a vintage cottage that might keep them busy forever. 


Our programs are made possible with the help of our generous sponsors