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.

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.

Tour the Quick Center art galleries

Children on a Quick Center tour 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.
Offerings include:

  • 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

    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
    • Cutco Family Day, a day of games, art activities, museum tours and more made possible by a generous grant from the Cutco Foundation.
    • Art Teacher Professional Development Day, an opportunity for art teachers to share lesson plans and best practices, learn new practices and techniques, and hear from interesting speakers.
    • 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

    Students posing in front of the Quick Center's 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.