Our out-of-school arts programs guide students through a deep exploration of art forms while examining art through a racial and social justice lens.
Arts Corps provides a network of arts learning opportunities throughout the region through long-standing partnerships with elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as community centers and residential sites to deliver out-of-school arts programming. Our out-of-school arts program places teaching artists at partner sites for after-school classes in a specific art form.
Typically, out-of-school arts classes are offered once or twice a week, for 1-2 hours per class, for eight weeks and are taught by excellent, community-based teaching artists who specialize in many different art forms and cultural expressions.
Students gain self-confidence and physical and mental stamina through foundational dance techniques and choreography. *Class offerings include Brazilian, hip-hop, and break dance.
Students realize and experience the power of their own voice through rhythm and song and refine their instrumental skills by exploring different musical styles and techniques. *Class offerings include drumline, rhythm and percussion, choir, rock band, music production, and songwriting.
Students creatively interpret their environment and history by articulating their experiences and inner truths through writing and performance. Our Youth Speaks Seattle program also holds regular writing circles and open mic events throughout the year. *Class offerings include poetry writing and slam poetry, as well as interdisciplinary classes such as lyrical hip-hop production and visual poetry.
Students learn foundational theater techniques and hone their personal and collective acting and storytelling skills while exploring current issues and events, from family narratives to local and national headlines. *Class offerings include solo and ensemble performance, theatrical storytelling, circus arts, and musical theatre.
Students develop techniques specific to the visual art form being studied and discover new ways to see and move through the world through visual self expression. *Class offerings include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and cartooning and illustration, as well as interdisciplinary classes such as animation and digital photography.
Students discover the history of film and digital media and develop communication and storytelling skills through the use of current digital media technology. *Class offerings are still in development.
To view our current full class listing, please see our Find a Class page.
Arts Corps classes are always free to youth. Schools and organizations partnering with Arts Corps to deliver these classes pay $100 per hour for after-school classes. Our subsidized rate is $60-$75 hour for qualified sites, and we offer additional scholarships to partners with a demonstrated need. For more information, please view our rate sheet.