Local Community Art Resources




Central Pennsylvania has all the resources a parent needs to introduce and invigorate their children’s creative side and to enrich their lives with dance, music, art, storytelling and theater.

One of the great treats in the area is Gamut Theater/Popcorn Hat Players,where the child within each person is unleashed through traditional fairytales with an unexpected twist.

A make-your-own-pottery studio, Color Me Mine lets creativity abound. At any age, the kid inside each person that enters will enjoy selecting a piece off the shelf and making it their own.

The Curiosity Connection is located in the State Museum of Pennsylvania. This special place is designed to engage the imagination of children aged 1 to 5 years. It features interactive areas that enable children to participate in Pennsylvania’s history, from industries to art.

Get them up and moving! At E Dance Center anyone can learn every type of dance from tap, jazz, and ballet to hip-hop, modern, jazz-funk and more. Kids can experience all aspects of dance, from simple fun to theatrical.

The county library systems add arts and culture to children’s lives through ongoing reading programs. The Dauphin and Cumberland County library systems work together, sharing books and offering programs that unlock a child’s imagination.

At the Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC), children can enjoy participating in any form of art they wish. About to undergo some exciting changes in the near future, CALC offers classes in ceramics, photography, drawing and painting, copper enameling, pottery and more.


Check out the following websites to learn more about these and other youth programs and classes.

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet – cpyb.org

Color Me Mine – ColorMeMine-CentralPa.com

Cumberland County Library System – CumberlandCountyLibraries.org

Cygnet Studios – CygnetStudios.com

e-dance center – e-dancecenter.com

Gamut Theatre Group – GamutPlays.org

Lebanon County Library System – lclibs.org

Mechanicsburg Art Center – MechanicsburgArtCenter.com

Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania – ArtsConservatories.com

The Art Association of Harrisburg – ArtAssocOfHbg.com

The Dauphin County Library System – dcls.org

The State Museum of Pennsylvania – StateMuseumPa.org

The Carlisle Arts Learning Center – CarlisleArts.org

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts – WhitakerCenter.org

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Jami Shields Ab-Solute Fitness & Nutrition

Educating Kids About Healthy Eating

Michelle Wohlfarth, holistic health educator, certified integrative nutrition coach and owner of Healthy Living Kitchen, in Hummelstown, is passionate about nutrition.

Annemarie Heckert Opens New Counseling Office

Annemarie Heckert Spiritual Counseling, LLC, is hosting a grand opening for its new office location from 6 to 9 p.m., August 28 and noon to 5 p.m., August 29 and 30, at 1924 Market Street, in Camp Hill.

Carlisle Bowenwork Now Offering Facial Reflexology

Carlisle Bowenwork Center for Wholistic Health and Wellness, in Carlisle, is making Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem, a holistic, therapeutic and deeply relaxing technique, available to clients and offering a free session with the purchase of the initial treatment.

Reiki by Rickie has partnered with Caring Hospice of Central Pennsylvania