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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.

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!

Same Community

SMARTS teachers are passionate about the art they specialize in and have empathy for the challenges student artists face as they discover their own personal identity. While online classes do affect interactions, they do not eliminate the human element of a teacher and students working on projects together with compassion and creativity.

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New Perspective

SMARTS online learning benefits arts disciplines by enabling students to view the same working surface or screen as the teacher. In some ways, students get more one-on-one attention than they would in a traditional classroom setting. Suddenly, you can see up close how your teacher paints with his brush, or you can create music in the same program simultaneously with your classmates.

High Engagment

SMARTS students are just as engaged in arts learning online as in-person. We have created curriculum specifically for online learning. Providing virtual instruction means teachers can utilize different techniques they would not normally in a traditional setting to encourage and inspire students.

Access and Equity

SMARTS students are able to access our classes from the comfort and convenience of where they live. Students who could not otherwise get to SMARTS after school now have the opportunity to access quality arts education anywhere. This benefits  families with busy or non-traditional schedules.

SMARTS Public Class Offerings

All SMARTS upcoming classes will be virtual until further notice. The safety and well-being of our students, families, teachers, staff, and community is important to us. SMARTS classes will be held live online via Zoom, and SMARTS teachers will instruct from safe studio spaces created at SMARTS in the Ohio One building. We are following protocol from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Mike DeWine, and the Youngstown City Health District. We are working remotely and limiting interactions with the public. SMARTS is not open without an appointment. We have been working hard developing and piloting virtual classes in all five arts disciplines and learning what works best. Now you can receive a SMARTS education from anywhere in the world.

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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.

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


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

Our Classes

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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