Young people's performances are presented by the Quick Center each year.

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Arts Education at the QCA

Gallery tours, stage and musical performances, art and creativity camps, juried exhibitions for school-age artists, art lessons and activities delivered to your school by our traveling Artmobile. These activities and more are available through our Arts Education program.

Your art connection

We help teachers take art beyond classroom walls, connecting students to the stories and history behind the Quick collections. Let us plan a program or tour that wows your students.

Gallery tours and all art education activities are free, school day performances have a nominal fee, and the Quick Center can pay for your bus transportation costs the day of your visit.


  • Young people's school day performances

    Magic School BusEach year the Quick Center hosts a series of daytime performances for young audiences.

    Some feature performances by the same accomplished musicians visiting campus as part of the Friends of Good Music's Performing Art Series. Others are productions by professional theater companies catering to young and family audiences.

    Performances include a Theaterworks USA presentation of "The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System," a Kit's Interactive Theatre presentation of "Pioneer Travel on the Oregon Trail" and more.

    Learn about the entire lineup at Young People's Performances

    Collage of schoolchildrens' art

    Juried art exhibitions for young artists

    Each year the QCA conducts art exhibitions for young artists from across the region. We're pleased to announce that the exhibitions for the 2022-2023 school year.

    Juried exhibitions for young artists are as follows:

    • Elementary School: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, to Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023
    • Middle School: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, to Sunday, March 19, 2023
    • High School: Tuesday, April 11, 2023, to Sunday, May 21, 2023

    For submission deadlines and guidelines, opening reception information and more, visit our Juried Exhibitions for Young Artists webpage.

    QCA Experiences

    Young artist holding paint brush The Quick Center offers a number of programs aimed at expanding arts education opportunities for young people, as well as a professional development program for art teachers.

    Programs include:
    • Artistic Explorers, a program designed to spark the imagination of our youngest community members.
    • Summer Opportunities, programming aimed at sparking the imagination and creativity of young art lovers.
    Learn about all of these programs by visiting our QCA Experiences webpage.

    The QCA Artmobile

    Quick Center for the Arts ArtMobile
    The Quick Center's ArtMobile provides traveling art outreach programs to six neighboring counties in New York and Pennsylvania, with visits to requesting nonprofit organizations serving all ages and art levels.

    The ArtMobile provides access to the Quick Center’s collections of original works as well as quality art lessons and activities. To request a visit from the ArtMobile, use our online form below. 

    Click here to find scheduled ArtMobile visits for the summer of 2023.