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 select schools, and supervised homework time in a fun, safe, and creative environment. A dedicated team of of AAI Assistants work alongside 20 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 is currently FULL. Email nrambaldi@artscenterlive.org to add your child to the waiting list. Please include your name, your child’s name, grade, school, and which days of the week you’d like them to attend. Waitlist priority will be given to students hoping to attend 5 days/week. 

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Transportation is available from Carrboro Elementary, Northside Elementary, McDougle Elementary, Frank Porter Graham Bilingue Elementary, Estes Hills Elementary, Ephesus Elementary, Scroggs Elementary, Seawell Elementary, and Glenwood Elementary.

Please email jhollars@artscenterlive.org with questions about the program or the registration process.

AfterSchool Arts Immersion Monthly Tuition Patrons Public
5 days/week $330 $365
4 days/week $310 $345
3 days/week $255 $285

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.


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.

Fall 2018 MiniCamps

Wednesday, September 19

Tuesday, November 6

Monday, November 12

Winter/Spring 2019 MiniCamps

Monday, January 21

Monday, January 28

CHCCS Spring Break: Monday, March 25- Friday, March 29

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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 8:30 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.


The ArtsCenter’s Summer ArtsCamp program offers full and half-day programs for school-aged artists 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 summer vacation.

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Registration opens for members of The ArtsCenter at the Patron level or above on Tuesday, January 22 at 9 AM.

Registration opens for the general public on Monday, February 4 at 9 AM.

After registration begins: to view available camps in real time, please click the button below, enter your child’s rising grade and check the weeks you’d like to view.

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7:30-8:30 AM – Early Arrival Extended Care Period ($4 per day, for each camper*)
8:30-8:55 AM – Morning drop-off/sign-in begins for AM and full-day campers
9:00-Noon – AM camp period
Noon-1:00 PM – Lunch/Recreation Period (Half-day campers may stay late, or come early, to attend lunch period.)
12:45 PM – Afternoon drop-off/sign-in begins for PM campers not attending lunch period. AM only campers
attending lunch period should be picked up by 12:50 p.m.
1:00-4:00 PM – PM camp period
4:00-4:15 PM – Regular Pick-up period
4:15-5:30 PM – Late Departure Extended Care ($4 per day, for each camper*)
* Extended Care may be purchased at the Sign-In Desk for the week, or on a day-by-day basis.

Snacks: Daily schedules include morning and afternoon snack breaks. Campers are encouraged to bring snacks from home.
ArtsCamp will offer a selection of healthy snacks for sale, such as yogurt, cheese sticks, granola bars, crackers and
pretzels. Either pack a snack or provide your child with money to purchase a snack ($1 per snack period). You may leave
money with the staff at the Sign-In Desk to pay for your camper’s snacks for the day or the week.

Lunch: Each camper attending the supervised lunch period must bring a lunch or buy a boxed lunch. If you pack a lunch for your
camper, please provide food that does not need to be re-heated or refrigerated. Please label lunch bags and water bottles
with your camper’s FULL NAME. (This allows us to return the many lunch boxes left behind each week.)
Boxed Lunch: The ArtsCenter offers a boxed lunch service to campers provided by Amante Pizza. The boxed lunch fee
is $30 a week, or $6 per day. Parents may purchase lunch on a daily basis during the week by giving your order to Camp
Staff by 9 AM each morning. Late lunch orders will not be accepted. Amante lunches will vary daily – cheese pizza on
Mon/Wed/Fri, sandwich on Tuesday, and a choice of cheese quesadilla or hotdog on Thursday. The boxed lunch includes
a juice box, apple, and chips or a dessert each day. Vegetarian options are available.
Pizza Friday: Each Friday, Amante pizza will be available for sale by the slice, in addition to the boxed lunch option.
(Pizza, along with a drink and side are included in the boxed lunch for those who have paid for this option.) Campers may
opt to purchase individual slices for Friday lunch. You must sign-up for pizza in advance at the Sign-In Desk. Family and
friends attending Friday morning Family Sharing Events (see below) are invited to join campers for pizza lunch but must
sign up in advance for their slices.
Summer Youth Workshop Lunch: Participants in these programs are permitted to leave the classroom in pairs 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 & Open Classroom Events The opportunity for campers to share their work with family members is an important aspect of our program. Family Sharing will take place on Fridays during the last 30 minutes of camp. While attendance is optional for family members, we hope you will plan to attend. We understand that not all families have flexible schedules, and ask that you prepare your camper if that is your situation. We do our best to make Sharing events fun for campers whether they have family in attendance or not.

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

Little Campers & ArtsFocus Sessions

  • One-week half-day camps (except week of July 2-6): $165 public, $150 Patrons
  • Week of July 2-6 (no camp July 4): $132 public, $120 Patrons
  • Two-week half-day camps (except Ceramics B): $330 public, $300 Patrons
  • Ceramics B (includes week of July 2-6): $297 public, $270 Patrons

Summer Youth Workshops

  • Summer Youth Workshops (grades 7-12): $150
  • July 2-6 Summer Youth Workshops: $120

Cancellation Policy: Only cancellations made at least 14 days in advance of the camp start date will receive a refund, minus a $25 service fee per person per program. 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 Jesse Hollars, Youth Education Coordinator, at jhollars@artscenterlive.org, or Natalie Rambaldi, Education Assistant, at nrambaldi@artscenterlive.org.

Extended Care: You may register for extended care each Monday for the week, or arrange for the service on a day-to-day basis. Parents may take advantage of the Early Arrival option by dropping off campers between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. and paying at the Sign-In Desk. Please sign up for the Late Departure option at drop-off time, and pick up campers any time between 4:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you do not pick up your camper by 5:30 PM, we will charge you for overtime supervision at the rate of $1.00 a minute. Your camper can return to camp only after you have paid this fee. The ArtsCenter provides books, art supplies, and some toys for use during the supervised Extended Care periods. Campers may bring games, books or toys. Please do NOT let your camper bring any expensive or hazardous items to camp (such as, electronic games, iPods, toy guns, etc.) The ArtsCenter is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Campers (of all ages) should not bring cell phones into the classroom- they must remain in cubbies unless the camper has asked a staff member for permission to take it out in the event of an emergency.

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 204 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.

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!

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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 partial and full year-long scholarships are available for AAI 2018-2019. Applications will be processed only after all required information is submitted and the application is filled out completely. Please return this application with requested support materials to The ArtsCenter Box Office during business hours, or mail to: The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510. You will receive confirmation via email that your application has been received.

Successful applicants will be notified August 10th, 2018 for the 2018-19 School Year.

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A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for ArtsCamp 2018 – applications will be accepted beginning on January 22. Please do not submit applications before this date, as they will not be processed. Once you have submitted a scholarship application, we’ll contact you within 3 business days with an update on your scholarship status.

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.

Donate to our scholarship fund

Our Scholarship Fund is in need of contributions!  Please help make it possible for those with financial need to have access to arts education. We’ll gratefully accept your tax-deductible donation in any amount.

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