For twenty years, Stuart’s has been a community center for the arts. On average, Stuart’s provides 25,000 visitors with over 75 events a year, including concerts, theater performances, free concerts, educational events, and private rentals. Our art programming and educational outreach keep us heavily involved with the underserved population of Nelsonville and surrounding communities through cooperative participation in and preservation of the arts. An average of 7,000 students participates yearly in our Arts Education Program! The goal of the Arts Education Program is to offer an affordable, broad-based program in the performing arts.
Cathe Blower, Principal, Amesville Elementary
Afterschool Music Program
The AMP program at Stuart’s Opera House is a music program that supports and fosters 12-21-year-olds interested in learning how to play a variety of instruments and form bands. The fall semester of AMP will be VIRTUAL. Students will set music industry learning goals with teaching artists during the first weeks of class and will work to create a road map to meet their goals. Classes begin virtually on September 1, 2020.
Ages: 12-21 | Days: Tuesdays or Thursdays | Times: 3:30pm-6pm
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a national program, offered through a partnership between the NEA and the Poetry Foundation in all fifty states, and administered by state arts agencies. For schools, teachers, and students, POL is completely free, at every stage. The core of the Poetry Out Loud program is that high school students choose poems to memorize and recite from a huge online anthology of poetry from the 16th century to the present (I mean really the present – some anthology poets are young adults), which you can find at poetryoutloud.org.
Dates: School programs take place September-December. Southeast Ohio Regional Semi-Final TBD.. | State Final TBD. | National Competition TBD.
Elementary Drama Club
Non-performance based theater program with the goal of individual growth and development for our area’s youth. Fee: N/A
Performing Arts Program
Non-performance based theater program with the goal of individual growth and development for our area’s youth. Join us for an exploration of identity through playwriting. Students will learn the basic structure of playwriting and hone their storytelling skills. This class will meet weekly for sessions. This class will be taught by Skye Robinson Hillis. In addition to playwriting this Fall 2019, there will be a production in Spring 2020.
Audio Production Program
Stuart’s Opera House has created a new program of study for students in Southeast Ohio designed to teach the basic skills of audio production in the modern recording studio environment. Students will learn the basics of analog and digital production tools and techniques to record performances. Additionally, students will learn how to mix and prepare music for release into contemporary listening mediums, such as streaming, digital download, CD, and vinyl. The program meets a number of objectives and standards set by the Ohio Department of Education and national Common Core Standards. Standards include Music, Fine Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Technology.
Classes begin virtually on September 1, 2020. Classes are a total of $140 for each semester (first semester 9/1-12/19). Scholarships are available upon request.
Ages: 12-21 | New classes begin September 1, 2020. Days: Wednesdays | Times: 3:30pm-6pm | Fee: $140 per semester / scholarships available upon request
Virtual Visiting Artists
Our education programs received 2019 funding from Epstein-Teicher Philanthropies, the Ohio Arts Council, The People’s Bank Foundation, The Charles G O’Bleness Foundation, the Athens County Foundation, The Johnny B and John Spataro Fund, Benefest, The Athens Community Music Festival, ETC, Kleinpenny Education Fund, and several individuals and local businesses.