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.

During the pandemic, The Center has created more programs to support working families and children in the community. We continue to adapt and expand our Youth Arts Education programs to enrich the lives of students of all ages.

From Family Fun Day to after school programs and summer camps, The Center offers Youth Arts Education to support the local school district, stepping in to provide a creative curriculum throughout the year.

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Youth Arts News

Spring Registration is Open for Youth Arts Education at The Center

Registration is open for youth art classes at The Center for the Arts.  Spring sessions start the first week in April. Students ages 8 to 14 can take part in Artmaking, Hip Hop, Theater Dance, and Aerial Arts. Classes of ten students or less meet twice a week at The Center located in downtown Grass Valley. Full and partial scholarships are available.

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Engaging Kids in the Arts in March

The Center for the Arts continues to bring important youth programming to our community during this challenging time. The Center is teaming up with Music in the Mountains to produce a world music program and virtual choir and, also, presenting a virtual theater production with the support of The California Arts Council. Both programs are free.

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Youth Arts Programs


During the pandemic, The Center has created more programs to support working families and children in the community. We continue to adapt and expand our Youth Arts Education programs to enrich the lives of students of all ages.

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.

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Summer Camps

& Seasonal Classes

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.

The fall, winter and spring sessions includes new daytime classes to help fill the gap for students during independence study time and added classes when hybrid classrooms are not in session.

Thanks to our Youth Arts Sponsors and anonymous private donors, we are proud to offer $10,000 in Scholarships for Summer Camps and Seasonal Classes in order to increase access to the arts for youth in our community.

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Student Matinee Series

We began a new Student Matinee Series and are working with teachers to provide them study guides and access to quality theatrical productions. Produced in Partnership with the California Arts Council these programs are currently delivered online and provide educational entertainment for students in the classroom or at home.

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New Virtual Choir

We partnered with Music in the Mountains to provide a new online choir, Music for Young Minds, that will perform virtually at Family Fun Days. The current session goes through May and students are learning about world music for a special WorldFest Day performance.

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/Water will not be provided and should be brought from home. Sharing of food or snacks will not be permitted among students.
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Thank You to our Youth Arts Sponsors