Youth & Family

June 12 – 16 – Art Explorers… Go to HogwARTS!
Your owl has arrived! Grab your broom and get ready for a week of artistic wizardry when the Art Explorers go to HogwARTS! Campers begin their week by sorting into their Houses and making magic wands. Each day will be devoted to a different magical class: Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Herbology, and Potions. Transfigure ordinary supplies into magical masterpieces at HogwARTS!

June 19 – 23 – Art Explorers… Get Legendary! 

Once upon a time, there was an art camp! This week, the Art Explorers get legendary as they discover the wide world of myths and fairytales, from Zeus to Dr. Seuss! Each day campers will hear a new story to use as inspiration for their own fanciful creations. This camp will be full of music, stories, dramatic play, and of course, art making of epic proportions!

June 26 – 30  – Art Explorers… Go Camping!

Nothing says summer time like a good campfire! This week, the Art Explorers trailblaze their way through all things art and nature. Campers will identify tracks and insects, light up their night with firefly paintings, sculpt a cool creature, and of course, tell spooky stories around the campfire with s’mores! Go wild at Summer Art Camp!

July 10 – 14 – Art Explorers… On the High Seas! 

Ahoy, mateys! Grab your shipmates and set sail for a week of art-ventures! When your Art Explorer takes on the high seas, they’ll discover fantastic sea creatures, build their own pirate ship, and swashbuckle their way through the museum to discover hidden treasure! 

July 17 – 21 – Art Explorers… Go to Hollywood! 

Lights, cameras, ART-tion! Get into character when the Art Explorers go to Hollywood! This week, campers will make a movie from start to finish including costumes and props, writing the script, and even directing the movie. After making their own Hollywood star, we end the week with popcorn and a screening of their movie at the first ever Golden Gadsden awards ceremony. No need to call your agent—sign up for Summer Art Camp today!

July 24 – 28 – Art Explorers… On the Case! 

Calling all super sleuths—we need your help! Gadsden Arts has a mystery to solve and the Art Explorers are on the case! Unravel each day’s clues in puzzles, hieroglyphic games, invisible ink and more. Will you unmask this mystery?

*All supplies included.

*Campers provide their own packed snacks


The ArtZone is a FREE drop-in art studio that is open to the public for visitors of all ages to come in and get creative! Each month features exciting special projects inspired by our current exhibitions and a visual scavenger hunt! Come explore painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, & so much more! All materials are provided free of charge thanks to our generous donors.

The ArtZone is available for private reservations on Friday afternoons. Email to make a reservation! Please make reservations at least one week in advance.

The ArtZone is FREE and open to the public every Saturday, 10am-5pm. 

The Reading Corner

The Reading Corner welcomes families to delight in the magic of storytelling in the museum and at home!

Presented by the National Hook-up of Black Women – Gadsden Chapter, and the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, this Reading Corner is an important component of NHBW’s “Reading For Life” initiative which provides free reading materials to children and families in Gadsden County.  We strongly believe that when schools, communities, and families work together to support learning, children succeed in school and throughout life

Visit the Reading Corner on Saturdays to enjoy storytelling by a NHBW volunteer, and take home a free book!

Gadsden Arts Teen Art Council

Gadsden Arts Teen Art Council pays art-loving teens $15 per hour to learn about exhibitions on view and careers in the arts, and to develop programming for their peers. Want to learn more about the Teen Art Council? Contact Sarah Black-Sadler, Museum Educator, at (850) 627-5023 to find out more!

This year, our Teen Ambassadors presented an Art Talk Live in which they shared their artworks created in response to the work artists of Mary L. Proctor and Norman Lewis. Working with Curator Kabuya Bowens-Saffo and the Museum Educator, the Teens developed artworks and written statements inspired by their time on the Teen Art Council. 

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