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.

2015 Sprouts Summer Art Program

Through charitable contributions from Greene County towns, villages and organizations as well as corporate and private donations, our “Sprouts” program, free for children ages 3 to 7, provides one-week long workshops in six locations throughout Greene County over a period of six weeks.  The 2015 Sprouts program is being planned in the following areas. Exact  locations and dates for 2015 to be announced.





Hunter Mountain Learning Center

Catskill Community Center

The Sprouts program will offer two separate workshops to choose from, one workshop focusing on Art & Music and the other workshop focusing on Theater & Dance. Both week-long workshops are limited to 15 children and are divided into two 45-minute periods. A healthy snack is served during the break between periods. All sessions run Monday thru Friday from 10 to 11:45 A.M. Once dates and locations are announced please call the Greene County Council on the Arts at 518-943-3400 to register. A confirmation letter will follow registration.

The children continue with the same two artist/teachers for the entire week. In an environment where there is no “wrong answer” or “wrong way” a child is encouraged to invent, persevere, and enjoy success through experimentation, problem solving and setting reasonable goals. A showcase of the children’s accomplishments is held every Friday for parents and friends. Students perform their “play” using sets they have designed and instruments they have created, display their artistic creations and entertain us with their singing and dancing.

Talented professional artists teach each “Sprouts” workshop. These teachers have experience working with children and understand the importance of positive early learning. The uniquely creative and joyful atmosphere of “Sprouts” attracts dedicated teachers, all proven professionals in such diverse areas as ethnic dance, children’s theater, photography, painting, and music. They encourage young children to master skills in creative thinking, problem-solving, risk-taking, team work and communication, helping shape the future of our community by inculcating skills needed to succeed in school and in the highly competitive careers of tomorrow.

Please watch for the lineup of summer 2015 locations and dates!