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SMARTS Spring 2022 Classes

We are excited to announce that SMARTS is offering 33 classes, held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for Spring 2022. Classes will be both in person and live online via Zoom through Virtual SMARTS, and all classes are free and open to the public. We are excited to offer “Lyric Video Animation with JD Eicher” a multi-disciplinary class that will give students real world experience in animation and marketing. The class will be animating a lyric video for a song titled Someone to love for local musician and icon JD Eicher. Offerings for Spring also include five family classes: Family Printmaking, Family Flower Ceramics, Family Line Dancing, Storytime, and Exploring Sound.  We hope these classes deepen family relationships and build community.

Spring 2022 is underway, and we have done our best to ensure that each discipline – visual art, music, dance, theater, and creative writing – is adequately represented and each age group/grade has an opportunity to experience SMARTS. Grab some hot cocoa with your family this holiday and choose your SMARTS classes for spring! Classes will run for nine weeks and will begin Tuesday, January 25.



SMARTS Pandemic Mask Policy

We are serious about keeping our staff, teachers, families and students as safe as possible and will require that everyone who visits SMARTS wear a mask until further notice.  This is necessary due to the current rise in numbers of new Covid-19 cases, and because SMARTS students come from eight counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania from 44 different cities to take classes. Public Programing in-person class sizes are smaller this semester to encourage 3-6 feet of space between students. All Public classes must fill to 50% capacity in order to take place. All SMARTS staff and teachers will be required to wear masks at SMARTS and out in the community to reduce transmission.

Why Virtual SMARTS?

SMARTS has been growing and expanding our expertise by learning best practices and effective teaching strategies for virtual learning.  We have found that online classes are often discussed in ways that underestimate their potential. However, we have been amazed, inspired, empowered, and at times...challenged...on what our notions of what virtual learning could be.  While we believe in-person arts teaching and learning is always better, we have found that all arts disciplines and all types of students - even students with special needs - can learn and demonstrate remarkable creativity in an online class. In some ways, there are even advantages.

Virtual SMARTS classes are unlike virtual classes for school, just as all SMARTS classes are...because you pick the art you want to study and you learn directly from an artist who specializes in that art! SMARTS aims to set a new standard for learning in a traditional classroom setting by focusing on creating the next generation of artists and creative innovators. We now also aim to set a new standard for the effectiveness and wonder of learning in a virtual setting. We are excited for you to discover and create with us this year!

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All SMARTS and Virtual SMARTS classes are free, open to the public, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Virtual SMARTS Anybody Can Dance Workshop, Families and Students Grades K-12

Virtual SMARTS Anybody Can Dance Workshop, Families and Students Grades K-12

Teacher: Sydney Moore

Join this fun, interactive, high-energy dance class featuring hit songs from the ‘90s to 2000s. Learn some choreography and freestyle movements that you can add to your dance diary. Challenge your friends and family to a dance battle after class. Bring the whole family to follow along with our fun SMARTS Dance Teacher.

Mondays @ 4:15-5:00 pm

April 4, 11, 18


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Instruction in a traditional classroom setting at our beautiful, historic downtown Youngstown facility.


Instruction live online via Zoom using a link provided at enrollment from a private Virtual SMARTS class page.


Any combination of in-person, Zoom, or video instruction.


Video-only instruction that students complete at home at their own pace.

About Us

SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts, is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art school.

Address: 25 East Boardman Street, First Floor, Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Phone: 330-574-2787

Email: info@smarts.tunahelper.net

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SMARTS classes have been free and open to the public since 1997. To become a SMARTS student and receive regular communication about our class offerings, complete a new student application. Classes are filled on a first-come, first serve basis.

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