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The SMARTS 2024 Summer Workshops are here! SMARTS on Double Duty offers 11 Workshops made up of 22 strategically paired classes with the goal of providing an in-depth quality arts education experience. These classes are offered for students in grades PK-12, and are free and open to the public! 

Enrollment for Summer Workshops will open May 22, 2024. While you wait for enrollment, be sure your student has an application on file by heading to the "classes" tab above. We can't wait to see you!

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Join us June 21, 2024 for SMARTS biggest party of the year!

Support arts education throughout the Valley and beyond! We are currently looking for event sponsors and artwork donations for this event. To learn more or to get involved, click the link below or call Sarah at 330.574.2787 Ext. 1. See you there!

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SMARTS is excited to attend OKCC again this year in Mansfield, OH! SMARTS  plays a role in planning this conference, collaborating with state and national organizations to plan two days of professional development opportunities which aim to deepen the understanding of arts integration practices and implementation. SMARTS is proud to offer Arts Integration as a premier program, and continues to support our teachers and partners to provide quality Arts Integration learning in the classroom.

SMARTS Holiday Open House Shows Growth - 3 minutes with the Business Journal

The SMARTS Holiday Open House was a success, with over 150 students, families, staff, teachers, and community members attending. Much to our excitement, the event also included a ribbon cutting ceremony for SMARTS Richard James Hanson Library, a collection of 650 art books donated by the family of the late Richard James Hanson. This library will serve as a resource for SMARTS staff, teachers, and students. You can read more about this event on our What's New page, or at the link below!

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SMARTS Strings are available for students in Grades 3-12 who are interested in learning to play the violin or cello. SMARTS Strings begins two weeks before all other classes and will start the week of September 4. SMARTS Strings runs 11 weeks each semester—Fall and Spring. If your student wants to participate in SMARTS Strings, you will need to commit to both semesters this year.

For questions about enrolling in SMARTS String Program, please call SMARTS at 330.574.2787

We are excited to offer our SMARTS Strings Program and the addition of cellos this year with a generous grant from the Jack & Doris Andrews Foundation. These lessons give students the opportunity to investigate the world of strings in an exciting and group format allowing students to play individually and in ensemble. Students will learn to identify musical terms, music theory, musical styles, history, maintenance, and the basics of musical performance on their instrument. If students do not have their own instrument, SMARTS will provide one on loan. Students will not need to register for SMARTS Strings. They will be enrolled in their class after this meeting. Upon enrollment, a confirmation email will then be sent to confirm class/date/time information.

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For over 26 years, SMARTS has been a safe, creative home for PK-12 students and their families. #mySMARTSFamily #BlackLivesMatter

What is SMARTS?

SMARTS Community Art School helps to bridge the gap during and after school with arts curriculum that is unmatched in the region - a place where culture, design, and self-discovery are uniquely intertwined.

At SMARTS, applications for classes are accepted year-round, and PK - 12 students throughout the Valley are exposed to various arts programming - visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing - in a time when opportunity in those areas might otherwise be eliminated.

The SMARTS impact: School-aged children who flourish, and communities that thrive. Students engaged in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and twice as likely to graduate college.

Reach new heights with SMARTS!

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The fabric of the SMARTS program is woven by individuals from various walks of life; yet, all share one common thread - an inherent appreciation for the arts. The result? A local tapestry bursting with talent and a love of learning, ranging from those with an affinity for theater to people who voice expression through writing and visual arts.

Donate to SMARTS Today - Be A Part of It!

The future success of SMARTS depends on the support and generosity of people like you!

Donations help fund operational costs at our location in the Ohio One Building and provide future programming in visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing.

Too often, children lose critical access to quality arts education as budget cuts eliminate art and music programs. Help preserve the spirit and legacy that learning in the arts provides, and consider making a donation to help SMARTS community-based art school continue its long-standing, positive impact on our community.

Mail donations to:


Ohio One

25 East Boardman St., First Floor

Youngstown, Ohio 44503

In accordance with Internal Revenue guidelines, SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts is a 501(C)(3) and can receive cash donations. SMARTS has provided no goods or services to you in return for this gift; therefore, the full amount of the gift is a tax deductible contribution. Checks can be made to SMARTS and should include contact information including snail mail and email address.

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