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SMARTS Fall 2021 Classes

We are excited to announce that SMARTS will offer a mixture of 34 in-person and virtual classes with 300 spots for students for the Fall 2021 session. Search for SMARTS classes below!

All SMARTS classes are free, open to the public, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This fall, we are excited to offer our first SMARTS Story Time for PK and K students, SMARTS Dance Through the Decades featuring TikTok dances, and a playwriting class with a scholarship opportunity for high school juniors and seniors!  Because we are in-person again, ceramics classes are back! Make a piggy bank or a ceramic marionette puppet this fall! We are also offering four classes for Adult Veterans, sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Healthcare System (VHACLE).

 

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 Improv Theater: Power of the Mind, Adult Veterans

Virtual SMARTS Improv Theater: Power of the Mind, Adult Veterans

What are your mental superpowers? Are you creative, funny, organized, fearless? Learn how theater can help you capitalize on your skills and gain some new ones through improvisation games that are sure to bring a laugh and help you become aware of your own strengths.

 

Wednesdays @ 6:00-6:45 pm

Sept 15, 22, 29

Oct 6, 13, 20, 27

Nov 3, 10

 

Capacity: 20 adults

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Virtual SMARTS Photography: Family, Friends, and Co-Workers, Adult Veterans

Virtual SMARTS Photography: Family, Friends, and Co-Workers, Adult Veterans

Consider the story of the people in your life! Your heritage, your holiday gatherings, strangers you interact with daily, or co-workers from different walks of life. Learn the elements of photo composition and how to tell a story in a series of photographs to make a statement about the people that surround you.

Wednesdays @ 5:00-6:00 pm

Sept 15, 22, 29

Oct 6, 13, 20, 27

Nov 3, 10

 

Capacity: 20 adults

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Virtual SMARTS Voice: Spirit and Soul, Adult Veterans

Virtual SMARTS Voice: Spirit and Soul, Adult Veterans

Discover your own sense of voice in this class where you will cultivate a singing style and identity, learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, and learn about other artists who used their sense of spirit and soul to share their voice and captivate audiences.

 

Mondays @ 6:15-7:00 pm

Sept 13, 20, 27

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

Nov 1, 8

 

Capacity: 20 adults

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Virtual SMARTS Dance Fitness: Moving the Body, Adult Veterans

Virtual SMARTS Dance Fitness: Moving the Body, Adult Veterans

Energize yourself with movement to your favorite songs, create and follow along to jazz dance choreography, and establish awareness of your body as an artist.

 

Mondays @ 5:30-6:15 pm

Sept 13, 20, 27

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

Nov 1, 8

 

Capacity: 20 adults

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To take SMARTS free classes and to receive communication about SMARTS class offerings, complete a new student application.

In-person

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

Virtual

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

Hybrid

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

Video

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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