Youth Update

To protect the health and safety of our community during the pandemic, The ArtsCenter has moved its programming online. We are offering new Online Youth Classes, and some scholarships for these classes are available. Please view the current selection of Online Youth Classes here. We will continue to add new classes on a rolling basis throughout the fall and winter. To receive updates about new classes, workshops, youth education opportunities, and more, subscribe to The ArtsCenter’s newsletter!

The following programs have been cancelled:

  • AfterSchool Arts Immersion (Fall 2020-2021)

Thank you for your patience and flexibility in making ArtsCamp 2020 happpen!

If you had registered but were not able attend camp, either in person or online, we ask that in lieu of requesting a refund you consider converting your tuition into a donation, supporting our mission of educating and inspiring artistic creativity and enriching the lives of people of all ages. The ArtsCenter is the largest employer of arts workers in the area, and is the heart of the arts in our community. We rely upon revenue from shows, classes and our youth programming—with your support we will be able to sustain our organization and the arts community in these uncertain times. Simply email our Deputy Director Mark Bettger at and let us know you are converting your tuition to a donation, and we will send you a tax letter.

Online Youth Classes

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The ArtsCenter now offers Online Youth Classes to provide quality art education to students in grades K-8 during the COVID-19 Pandemic! Each online class features live instruction by a professional teaching artist in their area of expertise, taught over Zoom.

A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online courses. No exceptions, please.


Registration for ArtsCamp 2021 is not yet available. Only current Patron Members have early access and first choice of camp sessions. Patron Members to The ArtsCenter receive discounts on ArtsCamp as well as amazing benefits and special Members-only access to shows and events. To become a Patron Member today, visit our Support page.


The ArtsCenter’s ArtsCamp & Summer Youth Workshop program offers full and half-day programs for artists entering grades K-12 in a wide variety of disciplines. Small classes, taught by professional artists with a focus on skill building and creative expression, are the hallmarks of our camps. We offer both visual and performing art camps every week of CHCCS summer vacation.

View Camp Schedule & Descriptions
View ArtsCamp Catalog
ArtsCamp Pricing Public Patrons
One-week half-day camps
(July 6 – Aug 15)
$170 $159
Two-week half-day camps $340 $318
Weeks 1-3 Online $60 $56

Our ArtsCamp schedule and policies have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the sections below for details.

We are excited to be able to host some camps in person this summer! We can’t wait to see you!

In order to make camp as safe as possible this summer, we will be following CDC guidelines and implementing changes to camp. These changes include but are not limited to:

  • Cancelling morning and afternoon extended care sessions.
  • Reducing the number of enrolled students.
  • Snack and lunch will be held in individual classrooms.
  • Students will be required to bring their own snack and lunch from home.
  • Students, counselors, and instructors will be required to wear a mask.
  • Drop-off and pick-up times for students will be limited to 15 min and will be staggered based on camps.
  • We will be maintaining appropriate social distancing in the classroom.
  • Any student that is feeling ill will be sent home immediately.
  • We will increase the frequency and scope of our cleaning procedures.
  • If a camper, staff member or counselor is sick or tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify all families, counselors, instructors, and staff that have been in contact with the camper. If it is during the camp week, we will cancel the camp for the rest of the week.
  • The ArtsCenter will temperature screen camp instructors and counselors. Campers are asked to self-screen at home before coming to camp.
  • In each room of The ArtsCenter, there will be one camp in the morning and one in the afternoon. Those camps stay in the one room for the entire week.
  • We have fans running in as many rooms as possible to increase airflow.

A more detailed email will be sent closer to the start of camp with an outline of all safety procedures and expectations for ArtsCamp and its families.

For questions regarding your registration, email Youth Programs Manager Allison Tierney at

We are sad to announce that Week 10 of ArtsCamp has been cancelled as CHCCS schools will be starting a week earlier than originally scheduled.

For questions regarding your registration, email Youth Programs Manager Allison Tierney at

Little Campers (grades K-2) and SYW Campers (grades 7-12)

8:45-9:00 AM – Morning drop-off period

9:00-11:55 – AM camp period

11:55-12:45 PM – Lunch/Pick-up & Drop-off Period

12:45-3:40 PM – PM camp period

3:40-3:55 PM – Evening Pick-up period

Arts Focus Campers (grades 2-6)

9:00-9:15 AM – Morning drop-off for Arts Focus Campers (Grades 2-6)

9:15 AM-12:10 PM – AM camp period

12:10-1:00 PM – Lunch/Pick-up & Drop-off Period

1:00-3:55 PM – PM camp period

3:55-4:10 PM – Evening Pick-up period

This year, we will not be selling snacks or serving lunch. Campers should bring their own from home.

Summer Youth Workshop Lunch: Participants in these programs are permitted to leave the classroom to
purchase lunch from vendors located inside the strip mall property, such as Amante Pizza and Rise. For safety and time
management reasons, we do not allow participants to leave the immediate vicinity. Please inform camp staff if you do not
wish your child to leave the building during the lunch break. Staff and counselors will provide oversight during the lunch

Family Sharing has been cancelled for ArtsCamp 2020.

Camp Pricing: Patrons of the ArtsCenter receive a discount on camp sessions. If you have questions about your membership status or becoming a Patron, please email Fleming Samuels, Development Director, at BEFORE registering for camp.

Little Campers, ArtsFocus, and Summer Youth Workshop Sessions

  • One-week half-day camps (except week of June 29-July 2): $170 public, $159 Patrons
  • Week of June 29-July 2 (no camp July 3): $136 public, $127 Patrons
  • Two-week half-day camps (except Ceramics B): $340 public, $318 Patrons
  • Ceramics B (includes week of June 29-July 2): $306 public, $286 Patrons
  • Weeks 1-3 Online: $60 public, $56 Patrons

Cancellation Policy: Due to the pandemic, we have changed our cancellation policy and will not be charging fees for cancelling registrations. In case of insufficient registration, The ArtsCenter reserves the right to cancel a program one week before the start of a session. In this case, participants will receive a full refund.

Please direct summer camp questions to Allison Tierney, Youth Education Manager at

Camper Pick-up Procedures: We take your child’s safety seriously. For camper security, we ask for the name of the person who will be picking up your camper(s) at the end of each day. The sign-in sheet will have space for you to write in the pick-up person’s name, and we ask you to provide this information daily, even if the pick-up person is YOU. If there is a last minute change in who will be picking up, please call (919) 929-2787 x 4 to let us know. At pick-up, we will ask to see your photo ID. Please be ready to show your ID to Camp Staff each day, until we recognize you. Please do not pass the stanchions at the front desk after signing your child out. A staff member or counselor will find your child for you, help them gather their things, and walk them out to you. This helps to ensure the safety of all students in our care.

Dress: Our camps and workshops are active places and can be messy. We encourage campers to wear closed-toe shoes, but leave this decision to you and your camper. Campers may wish to wear shorts or leggings under skirts and dresses to increase comfort during movement classes. We use glue and paint and recommend campers wear clothing that can easily be laundered. Smocks will be provided, upon request, for those participating in visual arts classes.

Medications and Special Needs: If your child has specific needs that may impact them during the camp day PLEASE provide that information to staff in advance. You are encouraged to send an email a week prior to the start of your camper’s session, so we have time to pass information along to instructors and counselors. If your child requires emergency medications such as asthma inhalers or Epi Pen you may leave them with the Camp Staff at the Sign-In desk on the first day of your camper’s session. Please label such items with your child’s full name, and speak with Camp Staff about any special instructions.

Camper Behavior: We do not expect discipline problems. However, if a camper does become seriously disruptive, we will remove him or her from class, and create a discipline plan. If disruptive behavior continues we’ll ask the parent/guardian to retrieve the child. The ArtsCenter reserves the right to ask a camper not to return due to behavioral problems. If a camper is asked to leave our program, all fees will be forfeited and no refund will be given. A copy of the ArtsCamp/Summer Youth Workshops discipline policy is available upon request.

Photography: The ArtsCenter may photograph participants in our programs. Your camper’s photograph might be taken and possibly used in ArtsCenter publications and approved media sources unless you request otherwise in writing. Please remind staff on the first day of your camper’s session if you do not want photographs taken.

Camps fill quickly! Your camper can be added to the waitlist for any ArtsCamp/Summer Youth Workshop which appears full online and we will contact you if a position becomes available any time leading up to the first day of camp. There is no cost to be added to the waitlist.

To be added to the waitlist for any camp, please email Allison Tierney with subject line ‘Waitlist Request’ and include the following information in your email:

Camp Week and Dates

Camp Name(s)

Camper’s Full Name

Camper’s Rising Grade,

Parent’s Name & Phone Number

Please note:

We are unable to give information on the likelihood of whether a spot will become available as this information is subject to current enrollment. We can let you know the position of your child on the waitlist on request.

ArtsCamp Counselor Program

The ArtsCenter Counselor Program is open to students in rising grades 7-12 who have an interest in developing their leadership skills, working with children, and gaining experience in an arts education setting. There are two locations for volunteering, ‘ArtsCamp’ at The ArtsCenter and ‘Ready for K’ at an area Elementary School.

The application period has currently ended. All candidates will be notified by May 8th of the status of their application. Final schedules will be released the week of May 11th, 2020.


The ArtsCenter partners with the Family Success Alliance to provide arts enrichment to rising kindergartners with a program called Ready For K. This program takes place offsite, at an area Elementary School, from July 6 – 31. Counselors for this program will work from 12:15-4:15pm Mondays-Thursdays to support Teaching Artists in preparing 4 and 5 year olds for the rigorous demands of Kindergarten! Many of these campers do not speak English at home, so this is an excellent opportunity for you to practice your Spanish or Karen.

Service-learning hours are granted for hours worked – approximately 40 hours per week at The ArtsCenter or 17 hours per week at Ready For K. You are welcome to apply at both The ArtsCenter and at Ready For K. All applicants must commit to a minimum of two weeks in the Counselor program. Junior counselors can volunteer a maximum of 3 weeks.

The Junior Counselor Program is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students who have attended ArtsCamp in past years and are interested in becoming an ArtsCamp counselor when they enter high school. Junior Counselors work with our Little Campers program (rising grades K-2), shadowing experienced high school counselors to assist professional teaching artists in leading visual and performing arts camps. Service-learning hours are granted for hours worked: Junior counselors volunteer approximately 28 hours a week at the ArtsCenter. Junior Counselors are not permitted to volunteer with the Ready for K program.

ArtsCamp Counselors volunteer under the supervision of ArtsCamp Instructors (Teaching Artists), the Youth Education Department Staff, and the ArtsCamp Staff. They assist with day camps for children in rising grades K-6. Older counselors, those in rising grades 11 and 12, may be asked to assist with programs for campers in rising grades 7-12.

Duties at both sites include welcoming campers each morning, engaging the group during camp activities, aiding with camp set-up and clean-up, supervising children during aftercare (ArtsCenter only), helping instructors prepare projects, and leading clean up at the end of each day in preparation for the following day.

This application is for the student to complete. All communication should be through the candidate and not the parent/guardian. The ArtsCamp Counselor program is designed to prepare students for applying for jobs in the future, and we want to encourage candidates who show initiative and maturity by being responsible for all stages of this process. 

AfterSchool Arts Immersion for Fall 2020 has been suspended.

Please note:

  • The ArtsCenter offers transportation via school buses from all CHCCS schools
  • The positions are offered on first-come first-serve basis
  • There are a very limited number of spots available in the program and spots fill quickly!
  • Filling out an application does not guarantee a position
  • Once the program is full, the program will begin a waitlist for students hoping to attend the program

AfterSchool Arts Immersion

AfterSchool Arts Immersion is an arts-based after school program for young artists in grades K-5. AAI features a new artist residency every two weeks, full and part-time enrollment options, transportation from CHCCS schools, and supervised homework time in a fun, safe, and creative environment. A dedicated team of of AAI Leaders work alongside professional teaching artists each year to provide students with meaningful and inspiring arts experiences in a variety of art forms, such as painting/mixed media, drawing, music, dance, theatre, STEAM, writing and storytelling.

AfterSchool Arts Immersion Monthly Tuition Patrons Public
5 days/week $340 $370
3 days/week $270 $300

Students must attend a minimum of 3 days a week. *Families who enroll more than one child are eligible for a 10% sibling discount for the second child.

Please email with questions about the program or the registration process.

Each afternoon, two AAI Leaders wait at the ArtsCenter bus stop on Main Street (next to the public bus stop outside of Grey Squirrel Cafe) to greet students as they arrive, they mark attendance before walking them safely through the carpark. Our staff will always ask the bus driver if a student on our list does not arrive at The ArtsCenter.

If your child is absent, please email Natalie Rambaldi at any time before 1pm on that day or leave a voicemail at (919) 929-2787 x 4. If we are expecting your child on a scheduled day but they do not arrive, we will email or call you to check that they are safe with you.

If you need to contact someone at The ArtsCenter right away, please call the box office at (919) 929-2787 and ask to speak with AAI staff. For non-urgent matters, you can call 919-929-2787 x 4 or email or call 984-459-2998 or email If you anticipate you will be late to pick up your child, please leave a message for AAI staff with The ArtsCenter Box Office. Please note that a late fee of $1 per minute is applied if your child is picked up later than 6pm. The late fee can be made by cash, check or card at the Box Office.

New at AAI for part-time students! We are pleased to introduce an option for students to attend days in addition to their weekly schedule on a casual basis. So that this option can run smoothly, it is important that parents maintain clear communication between the school and The ArtsCenter for transportation.

If you would like your child to attend extra days, please make sure the following is also completed:

  • Email any time before 12pm on the proposed drop-in day to ensure space is available
  • Contact your child’s school/teacher to make sure they ride The ArtsCenter bus on that day rather than their usual route
  • At pick up, a prorate of $25 (public) or $23 (patron) per child is payable at the Box Office

*Please note drop-in days are an add-on option. Scheduled days are not interchangeable with drop-in days.

AAI runs through 2:50 – 6:00 PM M-F.

If school is closed for any reason (teacher workday, holiday, or inclement weather), AAI is also closed. Please check the local news or the Lincoln Center website for school cancellations. If school is dismissed early, we will NOT pick up students for AAI.


MiniCamps are arts workshops held on CHCCS teacher workdays and select holidays. Half-day (9 AM-Noon or 1-4 PM) and full-day (9 AM-4 PM) programs are available. Each MiniCamp features a project with a professional teaching artist in their area of expertise. MiniCamps may include visual or performing arts (painting, drawing, cartoons, clay, sewing, collage, dance, theater, and more).  Activities are tentatively scheduled and subject to change. This program is for grades K-5, all levels and abilities welcome.

Registration for an AM and PM MiniCamp session includes lunchtime supervision at no charge, but The ArtsCenter does not provide lunch. Campers should pack a lunch and two snacks (one for the morning and one for the afternoon).

Extended care is also available at no charge, beginning at 8:00 AM (camp activities begin at 9 AM) and ending at 5 PM (camp activities end at 4 PM). During extended care periods, students will have supervised free play time. All students must be picked up by 5 PM.

MiniCamps are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. If The ArtsCenter must cancel a MiniCamp, parents will be notified at least 5 days in advance of the program. In the event of a cancellation, all registered students will receive a full refund.

If you need to cancel your child’s registration for a MiniCamp, you must do so in writing at least 10 days prior to the start of the program in order to receive a refund.

Youth Arts Classes

The ArtsCenter offers weekly youth arts classes to nurture the creativity of young artists and satisfy the scheduling needs of parents. With a wide variety of offerings for toddlers, homeschoolers, elementary and middle schoolers, there’s something for everyone!

View Youth Classes

School Shows

The ArtsCenter is proud to present a season full of exciting and curriculum-relevant field trip opportunities designed to help schools further integrate the arts into their classrooms. Take a look at our 2018-2019 season!

If you would prefer to bring a performer to your school for a performance, please contact Jesse Hollars at jhollars@artscenterlive.orgfor options.

See our 2018-2019 lineup >


AfterSchool Arts Immersion

A limited number of year-long scholarships are available for AAI 2020-2021. Applications will be processed only after all required information is submitted and the application is filled out completely. Please email additional materials to Youth Department Manager, or mail to: The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510. You will receive confirmation via email that your application materials have been received.

Applications Deadline for Priority Processing: May 31, 2020.

We will contact you regarding the status of your application by June 10, 2020.

Un número limitado de becas de un año están disponibles para AAI 2020-2021. Las solicitudes se procesarán solo después de que se envíe toda la información requerida y la solicitud se complete por completo. Envíe por correo electrónico materiales adicionales al Gerente del Departamento de Jóvenes a, o envíe un correo a: The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510. Recibirá confirmación por correo electrónico de que se han recibido los materiales de su solicitud.

Fecha límite de solicitud para el procesamiento prioritario: 31 de mayo de 2020.

Nos comunicaremos con usted con respecto al estado de su solicitud antes del 10 de junio de 2020.


The ArtsCenter is pleased to offer a limited number of one-week (full day) scholarships to families based on financial need against current federal poverty guidelines. Extended care and lunch are included in the scholarship at the family’s request

Priority application period:  January 30- March 13.

More information is available on the application page:

Scholarship Application

Ofrecemos un número limitado de becas para una semana (día completo) a las familias según las necesidades financieras y la nivel de pobreza actual. La beca incluye cuidado extendido y el almuerzo a solicitud de la familia

Aplicación con prioridad: El 30 de Enero – 13 de Marzo 

Aplicación para Beca

Youth Arts Classes

Youth Arts Classes scholarships are given out on a semester-by-semester basis. Please return the following application with the requested support materials to The ArtsCenter Box Office during business hours, or mail to the address above.