2 AWARD-WINNING 2017 EFFORTS

One person started a program in 2017 that had been stopped and dismissed a few years ago despite successfully serving hundreds of inner-city kids for almost two decades. Another person signed up to volunteer for a new 2017 Youngstown event – only to find herself running it. Experts told her to wait a year. She…

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Smarts Celebrates Window Displays and the Holidays

Smarts Celebrates Window Displays and the Holidays By George Nelson | December 13, 2017 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Smarts Community Arts School celebrated the holiday season Tuesday by showcasing recently completed window displays at the Ohio One Building downtown. Each of the spaces highlights one of the five art forms – visual arts, music, dance, theater…

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‘Art for Smarts’ Benefit Takes Place Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN. Ohio – The second annual Art for Smarts, a one-night event to benefit Smarts (Students Motivated by the Arts) Community Art School programming, will take place Saturday at the Ohio One Building. The fundraiser will feature nearly 150 pieces of artwork, donated to Smarts by local and regional artists. The collection includes framed and…

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SMARTS & Alcon Gives Back

In this edition of Take 5, we visit the SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts) Community Art School, which recently opened its new facility in downtown Youngstown. The organization provides free art education classes to PK-12 grade students in visual arts, music, dance, theater and creative writing. Then, we’ll take you to a party at…

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SMARTS is in the News!

Check out the press we’ve gotten lately about all of the good work we are doing in our community. http://businessjournaldaily.com/ohio-arts-council-names-smarts-award-co-winner/ http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/jan/23/smarts-director-receive-2017-governors-awards-arts/?newswatch http://content.tribtoday.com/?p=700270/ http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/feb/06/smarts-program-recognized/?mobile http://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2017/02/harding-students-to-play-at-music-conference/

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Why SMARTS?

As one of the newest and youngest members to join the campaign, I have been asked the same question a dozen times: “What brought you to SMARTS?” I have found that my answer varies each time, falling somewhere between “It fills an internship requirement for school”, “I’m from the area and a nonprofit looks great…

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SMARTSfest

SMARTS and the community coming together to offer hands-on activities for children of all ages. Street painting to be done by professional artists and children. Read More >>

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The Importance of the Arts

In my 20, short years of life, I have found three things to always be true: Family is all one really has Travel is a necessity because there is no substitute for breathing the air of somewhere new for the first time The world would not survive without the arts There would be no history,…

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SMARTS leads “Any Given Child” through The Kennedy Center

(WASHINGTON)—The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Warren, Ohio as the 20th site and first school district in Ohio for Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades PreK-8. The program will incorporate existing resources of the Warren City…

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