Youth Arts Classes & Ensembles

Youth Arts Institute… at home! 

Fall 2020

All classes will be held online through the video chat service Zoom. Classes begin Monday, October 5th and end Thursday, December 3rd. Classes are FREE for all students and all class supplies will be delivered to your home.

Download the Fall 2020 Flyer 

Our virtual student showcase will be Monday, December 7th!

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.


(860) 310-2589

Fall 2020 registration due Sept 25. Classes begin Oct 5.

Classes by Day


Hip Hop Dance (A)
4:30 to 5:30 PM
This high energy dance class is for all students ages 6 to 18.

5:30 to 6:30PM 
This elegant and graceful dance class is for all levels, ages 6 to 18.

6:30 to 7:30PM 
Learn the exciting game of strategy and problem-solving. Ages 8 to 18.

Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra (HACYO)
6:30 to 7:30PM
This string ensemble is for students with at least one year of experience with a musical instrument. Students in middle or high school are encouraged to join. HACYO now includes semi-private lessons!


Painting & Drawing
5:30 to 6:30PM
Learn different art techniques as you create beautiful pictures. Ages 6 to 18.

Vocal Ensemble
5:30 to 6:30PM 
Sing your favorite tunes while learning vocal techniques. Ages 6 to 18.

Hip Hop Dance (B)
6:30 to 7:30PM
This high energy dance class is for all students, ages 6 to 18.


Piano 1
4:30 to 5:30 
This beginner piano class is for students ages 6 to 18. Instructors will place students in Piano 1 or 2 based on age and experience.

Piano 2
5:30 to 6:30PM
Piano 2 is for students ages 6 to 18 with intermediate piano skill. Instructors will place students in Piano 1 or 2 based on age and experience.

Art Therapy
5:30 – 6:30PM
Learn how art can help express emotions, lower stress, and build self-esteem, while also creating fun, beautiful projects. Ages 6 to 18.

6:30 to 7:30PM
The recorder is a fun wind instrument and a great start for kids who want to play the flute, clarinet, or saxophone someday! Ages 6 to 18.

Funky Community Brass Band
6:30 to 7:30PM
Taught by the nationally known Funky Dawgz Brass Band, this high energy New Orleans Style band is for students in middle and high school. At least one year of experience on a brass or woodwind instrument is necessary. Now includes semi-private lessons!


4:30 to 5:30PM 
Learn to create scarves and other cozy clothes. Ages 6 to 18.

5:30 to 6:30PM 
Enjoy working with your hands to create fun craft projects. Ages 6 to 18.

Creative Science
6:30 to 7:30PM 
This class will do fun and exciting science, technology, and engineering experiments and projects. Ages 8+

Hartford Young Writers
5:30 to 6:30PM
This class provides inspiration for young writers as they explore their imaginations through poetry, short stories, and writing about their lives. Ages 9 to 12.

Word Up! Writing for Teens
6:30 to 7:30PM
A space for teen writers to be creative, share their voices, and express themselves through the written word. Ages 12-18.


Family & Community

Read It and Sleep
Fridays — 6:30PM 
Our children’s literacy program moves online! Story time with guest readers and fun, guided crafts and activities.

September 25, October 23, November 20, December 18 (See also the Events calendar.)

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


Youth Arts Institute Fall 2020 Update

Youth Arts Institute Fall 2020 Update

This fall, Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Institute will be offering virtual arts classes in music, dance, theater, visual arts and more! Our programs are available to any student age 6 to...