Youth Arts Classes & Ensembles

Youth Arts Institute Summer Camp 2022

Please see camp descriptions below for dates.

Unless otherwise noted classes are for children ages 6-18. See class descriptions for specific age requirements. Students must be at least 6 years old at time of registration. All classes are held at Charter Oak unless otherwise noted. Check here or our Facebook page for inclement weather updates. 

Special Note: In order to keep you, our Charter Oak family safe, we will be carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will seek the counsel of medical professionals and adhere to all State of Connecticut and City of Hartford guidelines.

Registration is open for Youth Arts Institute Summer Camp 2022.


For questions, please contact Danielle by email, or call (860) 310-2589.

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Schedule is subject to change. For more information, or to register for classes, contact the Charter Oak Youth and Families Coordinator: or 860-310-2589.Due to class size restrictions, we regret that we cannot accept every student that registers. Charter Oak will notify all registrants. Students enrolled into a Youth Arts Institute virtual class will receive a notification with a Zoom class link upon acceptance.

Kids Art Camp

July 5th–15th
Monday–Friday | 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Choose one:

Learn a little about the piano, guitar, recorder, woodwinds, drumming and more. Ages 6-12

Mural Project
Have your creative writing and artwork put into a mural in Hartford! Then, help to paint the mural later in the summer. Ages 9-18

From start to finish, learn to cook, try new foods, and go home with a recipe book that you can use forever! Ages 6-12

Brass Band Camp

July 18th–29th
Monday–Friday | 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Come join the band! Learn how to play several songs in the New Orleans brass band tradition. This ensemble is for beginners to advanced players, just come and have fun. Middle and High School Students.

Tapeworks Recording Studio

August 1st–5th
Monday–Friday | 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Learn to create original music with professional recording equipment! Become an expert in electronic loops, digital audio workstations (DAWS), and music production software. Record, edit, mix and master music in a commercial recording facility. For new and returning students ages 13-18.

Kids Camp

August 1st–12th
Monday–Friday | 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Choose one:

From start to finish, learn to cook, try new foods, and go home with a recipe book that you can use forever! Ages 6-12

Mural Project
Help to paint a mural in Hartford! Your artwork will be seen for the next 100 years. Ages 9-18

Online Classes

July 5th–August 2nd
Four Weekly Sessions | 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Learn something new classes include: Hip Hop Dance, Zentangle Art, Yoga, and Rap. Ages 6-18

Monday: Dance
Tuesday: Zentangle
Wednesday: Yoga
Thursday: Rap

Our free programming is designed to help those most in need and we therefore consider household income when we assess eligibility for our classes. We welcome families to apply. We will get back to you as soon as possible about the status of your application.

Support for Youth Arts Institute music programs at Charter Oak Cultural Center provided by:

Divine really loved the ballet program, she cried at the end of the week and wished it could have been longer. She talked alot about girls of all colors being able to enjoy ballet. She was excited to get her ballet shoes and other goodies delivered right to her door and kept walking around the house in her shoes all day just like a ballerina she said. […] I kept expecting to see a dollar amount in the mail. It was unbelievable to me that a program could offer so much at no cost to the parents.

Hernicia Whitter


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