SMARTS Classes

SMARTS Fall 2021 Classes begin September 14!

SMARTS is offering a mixture of 34 in-person and virtual classes with 300 spots for students for the Fall 2021 session.

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).

Because SMARTS students come from 44 different cities in 8 counties, masks are required for all families, students, staff, and guests at SMARTS in order to keep everyone safe. In-person class sizes are smaller this semester to encourage 3-6 feet of space between students. All classes must fill to 50% capacity in order to run.

Enrollment for these classes will open online Thursday, September 2 @ 1 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes will run for nine weeks and will begin Tuesday, September 14 and end Saturday, November 13. All students with SMARTS applications will receive a link by email or by text to enroll. Apply to be a SMARTS Student below.

If you are already a SMARTS student, update a few details on your application here:

SMARTS Fall Kick Off - Sept. 11 @ 11 am - 1 pm

Join us for our SMARTS Fall Kick Off on Saturday, September 11 @ 11 am – 1 pm to kick off another creative year at SMARTS. You can participate in hands-on arts activities for families and children of all ages and win prizes! We will also preview our classes, have live music, and hold an orientation for new families.

Limit 75 people. Masks are required.

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, please do not come if you are experiencing cold symptoms, fever, loss of smell or taste, sneezing, coughing, runny nose or shortness of breath.

About SMARTS Classes

SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts is a community art school located in the Ohio One Building, 25 East Boardman Street, First Floor, Youngstown, OH 44503, 330-574-2787.

SMARTS classes include Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater and Creative Writing. Classes are offered on a first-come first-serve basis via email throughout the year. Prior to being offered SMARTS classes, you must submit an application for each student planning to take classes. Applications are at  Currently, these classes are free to SMARTS (PK-12) students. More SMARTS classes will be offered as the year progresses.

SMARTS is a not for profit organization that operates from grants, donations and revenue generating programming. You can support SMARTS by donating, volunteering or purchasing items from the SMARTS Store. Your support will ensure SMARTS future.


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SMARTS Admissions Policy

Classes at SMARTS provide students with a quality arts education. The following information ensures that classes are a positive and productive learning experience for all students.

Enrollment. To become a SMARTS student, parents/guardians must submit an application for each child on the SMARTS website at Applications for classes are accepted year-round. When classes are available, students with applications on file be contacted by e-mail before classes begin. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. A waiting list is created if a class is filled. Students are contacted in order from the waiting list if a spot in the class becomes available. The next time classes are offered, students on the waiting list are given first priority. Students without current applications on file may not take classes at SMARTS until an application is completed.

Attendance. If for some reason you know that your student cannot attend one of his/her scheduled classes, you must call 330-574-2787 to notify SMARTS of an approved absence. Students who miss more than two classes without notifying SMARTS will be asked to withdraw from this session of SMARTS classes, giving another student the opportunity to participate. SMARTS students are expected to arrive on time for their classes. Students who are more than 15 minutes late to class will not be allowed to participate that day. Students are expected to attend the entire class.

Procedures. Parents/guardians are responsible for signing out SMARTS students when they are picked up.  Students must be picked up on time. If other arrangements are necessary, they must be worked out with SMARTS staff. Parents are not permitted in classrooms without permission of SMARTS Staff. Parents are permitted to wait for their child/children in the SMARTS Family Waiting Area during classes, or children may be dropped off. Cell phones, handheld video games, hats, food, drinks, or gum are not allowed in the classrooms.

     Behavior. Students are expected to respect teachers, staff, classmates and the SMARTS Facility at all times. If a student’s behavior disrupts class or creates a safety problem, the following will occur.

     1st offense: Warning
     2nd offense: Conference with parents
     3rd offense: Removal from class and withdrawal from SMARTS student rotation for one semester.

Music Lessons. Students who take SMARTS music lessons are expected to practice a minimum one hour a week and record these hours on their practice card. Students interested in piano and violin are placed on a case by case basis. Piano and violin are year-long classes.

     Facility and Parking. SMARTS is a first floor, handicapped-accessible, secure facility with a curb cutout and 30-minute loading zone outside our main entrance. Public metered parking is available on nearby streets as well as public parking garages. Find parking options here:

Family Waiting Area. In most cases, families are not expected to wait for their children during classes. If you choose to wait, SMARTS provides a waiting area for families with complimentary coffee, water, and free Wi-Fi. If your child uses any SMARTS books or activities in the waiting area, please monitor their activity and clean up the space for the next family. Students are encouraged to bring homework or materials to work on between classes and may bring their own snacks.


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

330-574-2787 (ARTS)