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Join us for SMARTS Fall Kick-Off! 

Come learn about all the things SMARTS has to offer on September 12 from 6-7:30pm! The evening will include a popcorn bar and snacks, and students of all ages will make Zines, play theater games, learn line dances, and create their own abstract artwork.

This event is free and open to the public.

SMARTS Fall 2023 Class Catalog is here!

Classes are open for enrollment on a first – come, first – served basis. Check out our class catalog below, and head to our Enroll Now page to enroll today! 

We are excited to announce 29 classes, and two new instruments to our class offerings. This Fall we added cellos to the SMARTS Strings Program and Steel Band to our percussion offerings. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, both in–person and online via Zoom. All classes are free and open to the public.

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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.


Thank you to everyone who walked with and supported Panerathon 2023! The SMARTS team had a blast walking for a cause- see you next year!

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For 25 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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