About Us

Your Community Art School

Quality arts education gives children the keys to creativity, opening doors to success, while teaching discipline and focus through the creation and exploration of art. It inspired self-discovery and boosts community enrichment. 

SMARTS is a community-based art school, providing curriculum-focused programming in schools and out of schools for visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing. SMARTS is a nationally award-winning leader in quality arts education, and has been proudly serving the youth of the Mahoning Valley since 1997.


SMARTS Mission

SMARTS community art school provides access and early training in the arts for our region's PreK-12 youth with a focus on underserved populations. SMARTS engages public and private organizations, schools, and artists in cooperative projects designed to enrich our community, promote student achievement, inspire self-discovery, and impact cultural and academic literacy through fine and performing arts.


SMARTS community art school will continue to be the leader in quality arts education in our region, state, and nation by serving our community's youth. SMARTS will provide quality arts education, and promote our region's arts and culture by establishing partnerships, working with public and private organizations, and representing the diversity of our community.

SMARTS Education Philosophy
SMARTS teaches artists how to teach students to be artists. SMARTS hires artists and provides them with the ongoing training necessary to be teachers of their art and to master the art of teaching. SMARTS creates artists from PK-12 students by giving them expert instruction from real working artists. SMARTS students view their world with the perspective of an artist, solve problems by thinking like an artist, and create art because we believe everyone is an artist. Read our full SMARTS Education Philosophy to learn more about a SMARTS education in the arts.

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Becky Keck, SMARTS President.

SMARTS Circle Members: Diane Palmer, President; Jonathon Fauvie, Vice President; Chris Gabrick, Treasurer; Misty Hazy, Secretary; Myra Vitto, Paul Garchar, Denise Holt, Bergen Giordani, John A. McNally, IV, John Orsini, Megan Jones, Stacia Erdos, Nick Chretien


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SMARTS at Ohio One
25 East Boardman Street, First Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503

330-574-2787 (ARTS)