SMARTS Classes

SMARTS Spring 2024 Classes are here!

SMARTS is excited to announce 32 unique classes for the Spring 2024 semester!

We work hard to provide a fresh and unique range of classes in all arts disciplines and are pleased to announce 32 classes to be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturday mornings this spring at SMARTS. Classes will be both in-person and live online via Zoom through Virtual SMARTS. All classes are free and open to the public, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

We have a little something for everyone! SMARTS Off Beat Writing is a class meant to grow your vocabulary and wit as we explore archaic and outdated words. SMARTS Puppet Promenade explores multiple angles of puppet theater and provides an opportunity to dive into puppetry and create short films. Offerings also include a Family Jewelry class and two Early SMARTS classes: Little Melody Makers and Inside Out Theater. Finally, we are excited to partner with The Evolve Innovation Center to offer our first 3D Character Building Workshop! We hope this catalog offers some inspiration and builds community and passion for the arts!

Tuesday class schedule
Wednesday class schedule
Saturday class schedule

How does it work?

By filling out SMARTS application online, you will be first to know when classes go live! All classes are free and open to the public, but students must have an application on file in order to apply for classes. 

SMARTS offers free classes in all five arts disciplines: Visual Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Creative Writing. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, both in–person and online via Zoom. All classes are free and open to the public.

  1.  Fill out an application for your student on our website at the link below titled "New PK-12 Student Application". This will put your student in our system. You will then receive emails regarding class sign-ups and updated class information! All students are required to have an application on file in order to enroll in SMARTS classes. Just like our classes, this application is free. 
  2.  Check out the SMARTS Spring class catalog when it drops! These classes will be visible to read through and share with your student—this is the time to get their input, and let them explore the idea of new interests. 
  3.  Classes will be available for enrollment on 1/16/2024 @ 1pm on our website. These classes are first-come, first-served, and fill up quickly!

If you are or have a SMARTS Strings student, keep an eye on your emails! If you are interested in enrolling in String classes here @ SMARTS, please call SMARTS at 330.5743.2787 Ext. 2 to speak to Ms. D! We are so excited to see you all here this Spring.

What does Virtual SMARTS look like?

Interested in what came before? Want to get an idea of what we do? Check out previous SMARTS Classes here:

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)