TOArts Youth Arts Leadership Academy


The TOArts Youth Arts Leadership Academy is an eight-month program at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center open to high school and collegiate students. Over the course of the program, you will explore a wide array of professions under the arts umbrella and engage with the community as artists and critical thinkers, while also refining the personal skills needed to succeed in this industry.

The goals of this program are to nurture the development of well-rounded students and explore performing and visual arts as well as arts administration careers with industry professionals, all while working together to create a capstone community event conceptualized, designed, and executed by YOU the students. This program will present an inspiring mixture of what’s possible in the world of the arts and inherent skill-building, all anchored with real-world application.

The program starts in November 2023, meeting once a month from 6 pm – 9 pm until June 2024. The Academy is valued at over $3,500, but thanks to the generosity of TOArts donors, we are able to make it available for any student who wants to participate for a $150 donation per student, and scholarships are available.

The deadline to submit the application is Friday, November 10, 2023. The application can be found at the bottom of this page.


Session 1 – Welcome, Introductions, Program Orientation & Financial Management – November 16

Session 2 – Project Management, Production Operations, and Social Marketing – December 14

Session 3 – Theatre & Live Event Production – January 18

Session 4 – Visual Artist & Writing Artist Development – February 15

Session 5 – Polishing a Show – March 21

Session 6 – Capstone Event Production Planning & Production Logistics – April 18

Session 7 – Capstone Logistics & Operations – May 9

Capstone Event – Week of May 20

Session 8 – Wrap-Up & College Admissions/Industry Panel – June 6

For additional information email or call (805) 449-2710

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