Youth Arts

Youth Arts & Arts in Education

Youth Arts and Arts-in-Education programs provide services to children, students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and community groups while providing employment and presenting opportunities to a variety of artists. These after-school workshops and selected performances are offered free to Greene County youth. In-school residencies are offered in both Greene and Columbia Counties through our Twin Counties Arts in Education program. Both Youth Arts and Arts in Education provide a wide spectrum of programming designed to enhance creativity and self-esteem while mastering skills in creative thinking, problem solving, risk taking, team work and communications. Through these programs, school studies are enhanced and skills are developed which help our young people react in a positive manner to the problems of today while preparing them for meeting the challenges of the future. Both programs are coordinated with school districts and community groups to serve the needs of our young people.

Youth Art Exhibition

Once a year we open our gallery to students from schools throughout Greene County. Outside the Lines give students from pre-school through high school the thrill of seeing their work mounted in a public exhibition and the experience of preparing artwork for the exhibit.

Sprouts Summer Art Program

The Sprouts Program, the Greene County Council on the Arts’ summer arts program, featuring workshops in Art & Music and Theater & Dance, is held every summer in six locations throughout Greene County. Best of all and thanks to corporate, municipal and private donations the Sprouts Program is free for children ages 3 to 7 who live in Greene County! Week-long sessions of Sprouts will take place in the folowing locations.

Windham, Coxsackie, Cairo, Greenville, Hunter and Catskill                 

The Sprouts program offers two separate workshops to choose from, one focusing on on Art & Music and the other on Theater & Dance. All week-long workshops are limited to 15 children and are divided into two 45-minute periods. Ruth Leonard returns to work with Lex Grey and Tara Van Roy as Sprouts Co-Directors!   A healthy snack is served during the break between periods. All sessions run Monday through  Friday from 10:00 to 11:45 A.M. Ristration will begin in May 2016, please call the Greene County Council on the Arts at 518-943-3400 or check out Sporuts on facebook at

Sprouts teachers are professional artists who have talent and experience in working with children and who understand the importance of positive early learning. Children and their parents in advanced registration choose between music & art, or theater & dance, and continue with the same two artist/teachers for the entire week. In an environment where there is no “wrong answer” or “wrong way,” each child is encouraged to invent, persevere and enjoy success through experimentation, problem solving and setting reasonable goals.

Our outstanding teen volunteers serve as role models, and many of our former Sprouts kids volunteer to assist in Sprouts, resulting in a program that serves many age groups in the community. Greene County teens, Sprouts needs you! Are you interested in working with professional artists, helping teach young children dance, theater, music or art? Sprouts invites any Greene County teen or pre-teen interested in volunteering for our summer workshops to call GCCA at 518-943-3400 and we will pass your interest on to Ruth, Lex and Tara!