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.

Register Here for Winter/Spring Minicamps 2020
Winter/Spring 2020 MiniCamps
Monday, January 20, 2020
Monday, January 27, 2020
Monday, February 17, 2020
Friday, March 13, 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020
Monday, April 6, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Friday, April 10, 2020

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.

Register for Camp

Camp registration opens to ArtsCenter Patron-level Members on January 28th at 9 AM and to the Public February 11th at 9 AM.

Our camps fill quickly! 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
(except week of June 29 – July 2)
$170 $159
Week of June 29-July 2 (no camp July 3) $136 $127
Two-week half-day camps
(except Ceramics B)
$340 $318
Ceramics B (two weeks, includes week of June 29 – July 2) $306 $286

7:30-8:30 AM – Early Arrival Extended Care Period ($5 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 free of charge.)
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 ($5 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. There is no option to pre-order extended care

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

The opportunity for campers to share their work with family members is an important aspect of our program. Family Sharing will take place on the final Friday of each session during the last 15 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 camp 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, 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

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 Allison Tierney, Education Assistant at atierney@artscenterlive.org or Natalie Rambaldi, Youth Education Director, 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 8:30 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, iPads, 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 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 atierney@artscenterlive.org 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

Emergency Contact & Phone Number

Please list any allergies, medical or behavioral notes we should know about if a position is offered.

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.

Application have closed for this year. Please check back in February for applications for 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. 

Registration for AfterSchool Arts Immersion 2019-2020 opens online at 9am on April 1st, 2019. An online application form will be made available on this page. Families currently enrolled in the program will be invited to re-enroll in the week prior to April 1st.

Please note:

  • For the 2019-2020 year The ArtsCenter is offering 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.
  • To add your child to the waiting list, please email nrambaldi@artscenterlive.org or atierney@artscenterlive.org and 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.

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 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.

Apply for 2019-2020
Family Guide to AAI
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.

Transportation for 2019-2020 is available from all CHCCS Elementary Schools: Carrboro Elementary, Northside Elementary, McDougle Elementary, Frank Porter Graham Bilingue Elementary, Estes Hills Elementary, Ephesus Elementary, Scroggs Elementary, Seawell Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Rashkis Elementary and Morris Grove Elementary.

Please email nrambaldi@artscenterlive.org or atierney@artscenterlive.org 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 nrambaldi@artscenterlive.org 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 nrambaldi@artscenterlive.org or call 984-459-2998 or email atierney@artscenterlive.org. 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 nrambaldi@artscenterlive.org 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.

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 2019-2020. 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,  email materials to Youth Education Manager nrambaldi@artscenterlive.org, 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.

Applications Deadline for Priority Processing: April 28, 2019.

We will contact you regarding the status of your application by Friday, May 3, 2019

Un número limitado de becas de un año están disponibles para el programa AAI 2019-2020. Las solicitudes se procesarán solo después de que se haya enviado toda la información requerida y se haya completado la forma por completo. Esta solicitud junto a los documentos requeridos (copias de original), deben entregarse en la oficina del The ArtsCenter durante horarios de atención (9:00pm – 9:00pm). También puede enviar los documentos por correo electrónico a nuestra Manager de Educación Para Jóvenes, Natalie Rambaldi: nrambaldi@artscenterlive.org, o envíela por correo a: The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510. Se enviará una confirmación por correo electrónico de que su solicitud ha sido recibida. Se dará prioridad a las solicitudes recibidas antes del 28 de Abril del 2019. Nos pondremos en contacto con usted, sobre el estado de su aplicación, a más tardar el Viernes 3 de Mayo del 2019.


A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for ArtsCamp 2020. Please submit your application(s) before March 2 to receive priority processing and a better chance of enrolling in first choice camps. Once you have submitted a scholarship application, we’ll contact you within 3 business days to confirm receipt. Applicants who apply before March 2 will be notified of their status during the week of March 9.

Priority Processing has ended for ArtsCamp 2019. We will begin accepting applications for scholarships for ArtsCamp 2020 soon! 

Hay un número limitado de becas completas y parciales disponibles para ArtsCamp 2019. Envíe su (s) solicitud (es) antes del 1 de marzo para recibir el procesamiento de prioridad y una mejor oportunidad de inscribirse en los campamentos de primera elección. Los solicitantes que presenten su solicitud antes del 1 de marzo serán notificados de su estado durante la semana del 4 de marzo. Continuaremos aceptando solicitudes después del 1 de marzo si tengamos los fondos.

El procesamiento prioritario de becas para el ArtsCamp 2019 ha finalizado. Ya no estamos aceptando solicitudes de becas para el ArtsCamp 2019.

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.