Youth Update

The ArtsCenter is pleased to announce new in-person Youth programming in the Spring of 2021. Some scholarships for these programs are available. 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 (Spring 2021)

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 Spring 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 Kirsten Ehlert at 

In-Person Youth Arts Classes

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In-Person Spring Youth Arts Classes are a new initiative to provide quality art education for grades K-5 on-site at The ArtsCenter during Spring 2021. Is your child feeling the strain of Zoom fatigue? Join us for a break from screen time in a relaxed, informal, and safe arts environment. Reconnect with friends and make new ones as we experience creative time together!

In-Person Spring Youth Arts Classes will run at The ArtsCenter on Wednesdays and Saturdays this March and April.

*Please note that youth arts classes will not be held during CHCCS spring break from March 29-April 2, however, check out our new Spring Break MiniCamps offered during this time. 

In-Person Youth Arts Class Grades K-2 Grades 3-5
(starting March 10)
12:30-2:30 PM  3:00-5:00 PM 
(starting March 6)
9:00-11:00 AM  11:30-1:30 PM 

Ready to register? Sign up for a 5-class pass or 10-class pass and save. Busy schedule? You may also sign up for individual Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the spring as your schedule allows. 

Each class features live instruction with a professional teaching artist in their area of expertise. Students will rotate through safe, socially distanced sessions with visual art and performing art instruction. Don’t forget to wear your mask! 

Teacher Workday MiniCamps

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March 26th and April 12th

MiniCamps are in-person arts workshops featuring 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, theatre, and more). Activities are tentatively scheduled and subject to change.  Minicamps are offered on CHCCS teacher workdays and select holidays for students in grades K-5. Half-day (9 AM-Noon or 1-4 PM) and full-day (9 AM-4 PM) programs are available onsite at The ArtsCenter.  Fall dates TBA. *Please note that extended care will not be offered for MiniCamps in Spring 2021.

Spring Break MiniCamp

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Spring into the arts during spring break with Spring Break MiniCamp returning this year! The ArtsCenter offers half-day and full day options held in-person during CHCCS spring break 2021 for students in grades K-5. Join us this spring for four days of creative, collaborative, socially distanced spring break fun from Monday, March 29th-Thursday, April 1st at The ArtsCenter.  All art supplies are included in the price of registration. The camp runs from 9:00 am-4:00 pm with half-day and full-day options. *Spring break camp will not be held on Friday, April 2nd 

Please note that extended care will not be offered for Spring Break MiniCamp. 

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 not available for Spring Break MiniCamps this year.

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.

Register for ArtsCamp

Stay tuned for for information regarding Summer ArtsCamp 2021, which will include new and returning on-site camps, as well as new hybrid and online options! Registration will open for patron level members on March 15th at 9:00 am and for the public on March 31st at 9:00 am. 

Visit our Support page to become a Patron Member today!


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
ArtsCamp Pricing Public Patrons
One-week half-day camps (June 14 – Aug 20) $177 $166
Two-week half-day camps $352 $328
One-week half-day camps (4-day week: Jul 6-9) $142 $133
Online camps (one-week, one hour per day) $72 $68
Online camps (4-day week: Jul 6-9) $58 $55
Online workshops (2-days, 90-minute sessions) $45 $42
Hybrid camps (two weeks, 8 sessions online, 2 sessions in-person) $204 $187

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 in-person, hybrid, and online camps 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 outlined below.

Arriving to Camp:
-Please put on a mask upon leaving your vehicle when you arrive at The ArtsCenter. Parents and families will drop off their camper at the front door. The lobby space will not be available as waiting areas.
-All students, teaching artists, and volunteers will have their temperature checked upon arrival.
-Once inside, students will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.  

During Camp:
-All students, teaching artists, volunteers, and staff will wear masks while at The ArtsCenter
-We will be maintaining appropriate social distancing in classrooms.
-Communal supplies will be limited to individual student use during camp and sanitized after each camp. Alternately, students may have a Ziploc bag with their own supplies.
-Activities will be modified as needed to accommodate distancing. 
-Snack and lunch will be held in individual classrooms. Students will be required to bring their own snack, lunch, and water bottle from home. 
-Any student who is feeling ill will be sent home immediately. 

After Camp:
-Dismissal times will be staggered and limited to 15-minute windows based on camps.
-Students should leave masks on during dismissal until they are in their cars.
-All class materials and door handles of the space will be sanitized in between each camp session. The ArtsCenter’s custodian cleans the space thoroughly twice a week during camp sessions.  

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 Education Director Kirsten Ehlert 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

We will determine the plan for Family Sharing 2021 as summer gets closer.

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 camp. 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 Kirsten Ehlert, Youth Education Director 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 (984) 500-5252 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! You can add your camper to the waitlist when your register online for any ArtsCamp/Summer Youth Workshop which appears full online. 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.

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 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 2021 are now open. Applications are due by Sunday, May 2nd.  Click Here to Apply


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.

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.

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

Applications Deadline for Priority Processing: May 31, 2021. 

We will contact you regarding the status of your application by June 11, 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.

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.


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, 2021.

We will contact you regarding the status of your application by June 11, 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: 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.