Educational Programs

We offer a variety of educational programs for community children, adults, and families, and will offer even more as the ArtsAltoona Center grows.

Our After School Arts Program (ASAP) is offered in Fall and Spring sessions, for students in middle and high school, as well as elementary kids. We offer free weekly art classes taught by local artists for kids to create and learn artistic skills, as well as building positive relationships and a sense of community.

We also offer a wide range of educational programming including arts and culture presentations, comedy and impro classes, Paint and Sips and workshops for adults and families, music lessons, and more!

We hope to provide even more exciting educational opportunities to the local community!


The After School Arts Program (ASAP) was launched in January 2018 as an initiative of ArtsAltoona. The goal of this program is to integrate the arts into after school programming throughout Blair County, creating an environment which will build confidence and strengthen talents of area youth through the arts.

With the help of many local artists and volunteers, we are committed to giving at-risk, disengaged, and underprivileged youth the opportunity to not only appreciate the arts, but engage in creating something beautiful both with their hands and in their hearts. (more)

Summer Camps

This summer we are once again offering Summer Art Camps for local kids! Our Summer camps begin on June 14th and 15th and run through the first week of August. Students in grades 6-12 will join us on Tuesdays from 10am-noon and students in grades 1-5 will have camp on Wednesdays from 10am-11:30 am. Kids will create different art projects each week!

We are also partnering with local artist Cory Geishauser this summer to offer Art FunShops! These will be offered in three-day sessions in June and July.


Presentations at ArtsAltoona Center

Starting with the brand-new 2022, ArtsAltoona is offering a variety of very visual lectures and presentations, covering a variety of topics ranging from the Arts to Culture to History, always weaving in as much information about the subject matter as useful in order to help audience members to learn something new, while also being entertained.

Winter Escapes to Costa Rica” is a 2-part event (January 27th and February 24th), allowing attendees to revel in the lush greens and colorful animal world an exotic Central American country (while the thermometer around Central-PA still shows 10s or 20s).
These 2 presentations will be less History focused, but instead showcasing the beauty of Costa Rican landscapes, wildlife and also the vibrant colors of Latin American art.
Highlight of the 2nd Costa Rica presentation will be a live-feed to a Blair County group traveling there for a community mural project.

History of the Roaring 1920s” on February 3rd will be the kickoff event of our “Decades-History Series”, presenting many key events from the years 1920-1929, with the next lecture in February covering the momentous 1930s, which allowed the World to rebound from Great Depression, but -tragically- also drift towards World War 2.

Likewise “Foundations of Art History – Part I” on March 3rd will be a series, covering various epochs of human cultural and artistic development and highlights, from prehistoric times to the modern age. Learn about the many stages and underpinnings of Arts & Culture in our world, starting some 30,000 years ago.
This series will be in 5 parts, and focus on the Art history of the Western world (Europe, Mediterranean, Americas), while leaving Asian and African Art for a separate, future event series. (more)