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.
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.
QCA Summer of 2021 Experiences
We're offering four one-day QCA Summer Experiences, each designed to spark the imagination and creativity of young art lovers.
July 30 — Artistic Explorers
For children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult
Aug. 3 — Art Tools & Techniques
For children ages 6-8
Aug. 5 — Fabric Art & Dyeing
For children ages 9-12
Aug. 10 — Fluid Artworks
For children ages 12-15
There is an attendance cap for each program so sign up your child today. To learn more or register a child, Click here
Tour the Quick Center art galleries
We incorporate math, history, language arts and science in gallery tours and arts education activities, and we'll work with you to plan the best tour for your students' ages and your study focus.
- 3D Expression, a glimpse into a new, revolutionary dimension of art quilts, creatively interpreted
by artists from 14 states and 10 countries.
- Fiesta Friends, a fun and interactive immersion in Spanish and Latin American art and culture.
- Exploring Asia, a firsthand look at the art and culture of China, Korea, Japan and other Asian nations
Young people's school day performances
Each 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.
Juried art exhibitions for young artists
Our middle and high school art exhibitions went digital in 2021
Each year, the Quick Center holds juried exhibitions for young artists. Typically, three exhibitions are scheduled over the school year, an elementary exhibition (students in grades K-5), a middle school exhibition (6-8) and a high school exhibition (9-12). The exhibitions are held in the Quick Center's Mezzanine Gallery,
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, only middle and high school juried art exhibitions were held in 2021.
See the work of the region's young artists 2021 Middle & High School Juried Art Exhibitions.
The QCA ArtMobile brings art to you
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.
Art Teacher Professional Development Day
The Quick Center hosts an Art Teacher Professional Development Day each year. It's an opportunity for art teachers from the region to share lesson plans and best practices, learn about new practices and techniques, and hear from interesting and accomplished speakers.