Youth Update

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Please note that, with the return of students to the building, The ArtsCenter and Youth Education Department are following CDC and Department of Health guidelines (including correct ventilation, reduction in the number of participants, social distancing, and mask-wearing). Students will be screened upon arrival and are required to wear masks, maintain social distance, and bring their own snacks and water bottles.  Please keep in mind that Summer plans may be adjusted based on new information regarding guidelines, gathering restrictions, and best practices. All participants will be informed of any changes to class procedures by email. If you have questions about additional safety protocols, please email Mark Bettger at 

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ArtsCamp Counselor Program

The ArtsCenter Counselor Program is open to students in rising grades 9-12 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.

Counselor applications for Summer 2022 are now open.


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 currently on-hold for summer 2021 as we limit the number of participants in classroom spaces this summer. We look forward to reinstating this program for summer camp 2022! This program is designed for 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.

ArtsCamp Counselor 2022 application
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Please note:

  • Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will open on Monday, June 7th
  • The ArtsCenter is operating under the good-faith assumption that CHCCS will continue to offer school bus transportation from all CHCCS to The ArtsCenter this year. Confirmation of this transportation is forthcoming.
  • 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
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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.

A limited number of year-long scholarships are available for AAI 2021-2022. 

Applications Deadline for Priority Processing: July 16, 2021. 

We will contact you regarding the status of your application by July 16, 2021. 

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.

All cancellations for Afterschool must be made 30 days prior. Full monthly tuition will be retained for any cancellations made during the month.

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 Hannah McKinney at any time before 1pm on that day or leave a voicemail at (984) 500-5252. 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 email Heather Bucurel at or Hannah McKinney at If you anticipate you will be late to pick up your child, please notify both Heather & Hannah. 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.

AAI runs through 2:50 – 6:00 PM M-F.

Please note that a late fee of $1.00 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.

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.

Cancellation Policy:  

If you plan to leave the program or make changes to your student(s)’ schedule, please make the request in writing before the 1st of the month prior. To stop payments, families must give notice before the 15th day of the preceding month, at the latest. 

For example, a student who wishes to finish the program April 17th, should submit their request to leave the program in April in writing by March 1st. Payment for the final month of tuition (April) will be charged on March 15th. If the student finishes mid- month and gives notice before the 15th of the preceding month, we can prorate the days attended in their final month.  

We cannot “hold spots” in the program for absences during the year. In the instance of absences of 2 or more weeks, tuition must be made in full to continue enrollment in the program.  

Expulsion from Program Policy:

In the case of expulsion or removal from the program, there will be no refund or pro-rating of program fees already paidA student who has been expelled or removed from the program may request to be allowed back into the program in a subsequent yearThis request must be put in writing and approved by the Director of Education before the student will be allowed to return to the program. 

COVID-19 Refund Policy: 

As we charge monthly, we cannot retroactively give a pro-rated refund or full month refund. If you wish to cancel a student’s enrollment in AAI for the remainder of the school year, we will not charge you for any subsequent months. We will not turn tuition fees into credit for ArtsCamp or ArtSchool. We can accept canceled tuition fees as a donation and provide you with the appropriate tax documentation. 

The following is the ArtsCenter’s COVID policy that applies to AfterSchool 2021-22. We will work closely with Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools and parents and guardians to enact this policy in a way that is transparent and encourages open communication between all parties.  

This policy establishes minimum standards for COVID-19 safety within The ArtsCenter based upon OSHA rules, regulations, and guidance and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance, Executive Orders, and other regulatory measures to protect health and safety of all persons present at worksites, advise employees of social distancing expectations and other safety measures, and monitor conditions and immediately take steps to limit and mitigate safety risks. Changing circumstances may require agencies to be flexible and alter their original plans to ensure public health and safety. Additional specific guidelines at The ArtsCenter may be adopted as regulatory guidance best practice changes.  

To ensure maximum safety for staff and visitors at The ArtsCenter, the following are mandatory until further changes are communicated by the North Carolina OSHA & CDC. 

  1. Face Covering Use Requirements 

All ArtsCenter employees, volunteers and attendees are required to wear face coverings that always cover their nose and mouth when inside the building in places such as, but not limited to, classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, shared activity spaces, etc. Exceptions to this requirement are when an students and staff are actively eating or drinking, in which case everyone sits and eats at a social distance. 

  1. Social Distancing Recommendations 

Students and staff will avoid close contact with other people and remain six feet apart. AfterSchool Arts Immersion’s maximum capacity is currently 66% of normal capacity, with a max of 66 students at one time. Students are divided based on grade into three groups and stay with their group and their AAI Leader through the duration of the AfterSchool daily schedule.  

During snack time, students must wash their hands and remain seated while eating and drinking. We encourage AAI students not to touch or engage in physical activity. Students are instructed not to touch eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; students must cover coughs and sneezes in their masks, sleeves, or tissues. If a mask is soiled, broken, or in some way becomes unusable, we have extra disposable masks to provide for children and staff. 

  1. Practice the Three Ws

  • Wear a cloth face covering.  
  • Wait; avoid close contact with other people and always maintain six feet social distance.  
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60 percent alcohol). Hand sanitizer can be used in addition to hand washing but is not a substitute for proper handwashing.  

Children and staff should stay at home and inform either Education Coordinator Hannah McKinney at or Director of Education Heather Bucurel at if your child or children are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

Fever as determined by a measured temperature of 100.4°F or greater.  

  • Chills  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • Fatigue  
  • Muscle or body aches  
  • Headache  
  • New loss of taste or smell  
  • Sore throat  
  • Congestion or runny nose  
  • Nausea or vomiting  
  • Diarrhea 
  1. Handling of COVID-19 Positive/Symptomatic Students/Staff/Volunteers  

Our COVID policy emulates that of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools District-wide COVID-19 policy. Should an ArtsCenter staff member, student, or volunteer test positive for COVID-19, we will notify all individuals that have been in contact with the student, staff member, or volunteer. If a student* tests positive, we will notify those in close contact with the student without disclosing the name of the person infected and ask everyone to quarantine for 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks) or get a negative PCR test result. If five or more students test positive, we will consider that a cluster and shut down the entire age-group class for 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks) AND require a negative PCR test result before students may return.  

*Consider siblings and family members to be “close contacts” when someone tests positive or is exposed. In the case of siblings, if one child tests positive or is a close contact, consider the other child a close contact and follow the same procedure. 

Should an AAI Leader, staff member, or volunteer test positive, we will follow the same procedure as above by assuming they had direct contact with all students in the group and thus cancel AAI for that group of students for the next 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks) for quarantine and testing. If multiple students in different age groups or multiple AAI Leaders, staff, or volunteers test positive, we will shut down the AAI program for everyone for 10 (about 1 and a half weeks) days for quarantine and testing.  

Should a student exhibit any symptoms while at AfterSchool Arts Immersion, the student’s parents/guardians will be notified immediately to take them home. Students should go to a doctor or health clinic to be PCR tested. Should the student’s test results be positive, we will notify all families, staff, and volunteers that were in contact with the student. As noted above, we will cancel the age group in which the affected students were together for 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks) if five or more students test positive. If multiple students  

  • We will continue doing temperature screening of students, staff, AAI Leaders, and volunteers for afterschool until guidelines dictate otherwise. 
  • We will work to provide better air circulation in the building by opening doors as appropriate and needed to introduce fresh air.
  1. Building Cleaning Practices 

Should a case arise where a person who is suspected of having or has a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been in the building, we will close off the affected areas. The ArtsCenter will not cease all operations if we can cordon off affected areas.  

Contracted cleaning services will clean/disinfect building areas used by the symptomatic/positive staff/student/volunteer. When the cleaning process has been completed, the previously-affected areas will be reopened for program usage. 

  1. COVID-19 Refund Policy

As we charge monthly, we cannot retroactively give a pro-rated refund or full month refund. If you wish to cancel a student’s enrollment in AAI for the remainder of the school year, we will not charge you for any subsequent months. We will not turn tuition fees into credit for ArtsCamp or ArtsSchool. We can accept canceled tuition fees as a donation and provide you with the appropriate tax documentation. 

Minicamps occur on some teacher workdays and holidays, and are open to current AfterSchool Arts Immersion students only. Minicamps are charged by the day at an $80.00 public rate and a discounted rate of $68.00 for patrons. We cap the number of students for minicamps at 20 students, so please make sure you register your student using links we send out by email. If we have reached maximum capacity but you are interested in your child attending, we can add them to a waitlist in the event that someone drops their minicamp registration for the day.The minicamp schedule is a little different from the typical AfterSchool Schedule. Minicamps run the whole day, with morning and afternoon programming led by artists in residence and the usual AfterSchool leaders.

  • Dropoff: between 8am and 9am
  • Morning Programming: 9am – 12pm (with a 15 minute break for snack)
  • Lunch: 12pm – 1pm**
  • Afternoon Programming: 1pm – 4pm (with a 15 minute break for snack)
  • Pickup: between 4pm and 5pm. Please do not come later than 5pm!

**The ArtsCenter no longer provides lunch. Please send your child with their own lunch. Snacks will still be provided by ArtsCenter staff on minicamp days.


AfterSchool Arts Immersion

A limited number of year-long scholarships are available for AAI 2021-2022. Applications will be processed only after all required information is submitted and the application is filled out completely. Please email additional materials to Director of Education, Heather Bucurel at, 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: July 16, 2021.

We will contact you regarding the status of your application by July 16, 2021.

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: 16 de julio de 2021.

Nos comunicaremos con usted con respecto al estado de su solicitud antes del 16 de julio 2021.


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:  March 12- May 7.

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 12 de Marzo – 7 de Mayo 

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.