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AfterSchool at the ArtsCenter for Spring 2023 (Due to increased demand 5-day option is now available!) 

This program provides afterschool care for students in grades K-5, while also providing quality art instruction by local teaching artists. Students will participate in two art classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, in which they will explore in-depth techniques in a variety of mediums.  Some examples include Creative Drama, African Drumming, Printmaking, and Ceramics. These classes rotate every month. Transportation is provided by Chapel Hill/Carrboro public elementary schools or parents may drop their children off at the check-in desk. Pick-up is between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. There are 3-day and 5-day options available. If registered for the 5-day option, Tuesdays and Thursdays will incorporate more structured down time. After you register, you will receive an email that will provide the opportunity to rank your student’s class preferences. Registration and payment are done through our online course registration system accessible through our website:  If a section is full, please sign up for our waitlist. We will create new openings if there is enough demand.

Please contact our Director of Education, Heather Tatreau, with questions:

Three-day option (M,W,F)

  • Public: $340/month 
  • Patron: $300/month 

Five-day option (M,T,W,Th,F)

  • Public: $500/month 
  • Patron: $440/month 

Patrons: use discount code PATRON22 (if you’re not currently a patron, but would like to become an Arts Center Patron, please click here

Please complete the steps to become a Patron before using the Patron discount

Class Schedule: Art Intensives for Grades K-5  

2:45-3:20 PM – Student Drop-off (please pack a snack or provide $1 for the purchase of a snack)
3:20-4:05 PM – Art Class Session I
4:05-4:35 PM – Break/Transition
4:35-5:30 PM – Art Class Session II
5:30-6:00 PM – Student Pick-up

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.

Parent drop off

6-9 will be dropped off at the ArtsCenter by parents.

If your child is absent, please email Lillianna Hoffmann at any time before 1pm on that day. If you need to contact us during AfterSchool hours, please call our parent information line at 919-561-5960. 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.

Cancellation Policy:  

If you plan to leave the program or make changes to your student(s)’ schedule, please provide 4 weeks notice in writing by emailing our Director of Education at We charge tuition by the month and cannot prorate for partial months. 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 our After School program 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 2023. 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

All ArtsCenter employees, volunteers and attendees are strongly encouraged 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 Joanna Cannone at or Director of Education Heather Tatreau 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. 

Youth Update

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If you have questions, please email Heather Tatreau at 

Young children working on art projects


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.

ArtsCamp 2023 Information

Thank You For Your Generous Support!

To the ArtsCenter patrons and guests wishing to give to support our Youth Education programs – please check out our Amazon Wish List!  Please bring any and all of these materials during our business hours. We are happy to provide the appropriate tax documents and appreciate your support of the ArtsCenter!

Amazon Wish List

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. 

Counselor applications for Summer 2023 are now open! Counselor applications will be reviewed in Spring 2023 and Counselors will be accepted on a rolling basis.  

Apply to be a Summer 2023 ArtsCamp Counselor by filling out an electronic application. 

ArtsCamp Counselors volunteer (unpaid) 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-5. Older counselors, those in rising grades 11 and 12, may be asked to assist with programs for campers in rising grades 6-9. ArtsCamp Counselors may submit service-learning hours through LetServe for approval. 

Duties include welcoming campers each morning, engaging the group during camp activities, aiding with camp set-up and clean-up, supervising children during aftercare/before care, helping instructors prepare projects, and leading clean up at the end of each day in preparation for the following day. Counselors can choose either Shift 1 (8:00am – 1:00pm), Shift 2 (12:00 pm – 5:30pm) or Full Day Shift (8:00am – 5:30pm) and must commit to a minimum of two weeks at the ArtsCenter. 



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: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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: miércoles, 1 de marzo 2023

AfterSchool at the artscenter

The ArtsCenter is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships for AfterSchool to families based on financial need against current federal poverty guidelines. Priority application deadline for the 2023-2024 school year is June 19th, 2023.

Ofrecemos un número limitado de becas para AfterSchool a las familias según las necesidades financieras y la nivel de pobreza actual. La fecha límite de solicitud prioritaria para el año escolar 2023-2024 es el 19 de junio de 2023.