The Carver School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) provides community-based arts classes, summer camps, master classes, and artist residencies, which offer children and adults an opportunity to explore a variety of art forms: dance, music, theater, the visual arts and more. With an emphasis on the preservation and celebration of African and African-American art forms, the Carver Community Cultural Center is in a unique position to provide artistic and cultural experiences that celebrate diverse cultures and interests.
Saturday Semester Classes
Saturday mornings offer a robust, eclectic blend of classes in the visual, performing and cultural arts for students of all ages. Our economically accessible rates and financial assistance opportunities for eligible households make enrollment affordable for everyone.
Fresh Options, Familiar Faces
Small class size and caring, professional arts educators offer students individualized attention and the ability to learn at their own pace. 2020-2021 semester schedules subject to change. Available courses, times, descriptions published online each quarter during enrollment period.
The Carver’s performing arts summer camps in theatre, dance and music production are the season’s hottest tickets, popular with both kids and parents.
Setting the Stage
Taught by professional instructors, each experience is designed to encourage creativity, build self-confidence, and promote positive personal growth.
Master Classes & Residencies
Community members have an opportunity to connect and interact with professional artists visiting the Carver Community Cultural Center. Whether a lecture-demonstration, in-school visit, panel discussion or workshop, these outreach activities deepen the relationship between the artist and the community and allow for opportunities for each to grow and learn from the other.
Up Close and Personal
Contact the Education Coordinator at (210) 207-2719 for more information. Schedule subject to change.
Youth Matinee Series
For over forty years, the Carver has engaged children of all ages, educators and families through its Youth Matinee series. This series of free, interactive and multidisciplinary performances have ignited imaginations, broadened minds and expanded knowledge by introducing generations of audiences to the diverse cultures and art forms of our global community. We have always believed in the transformative power of the arts and that access to the arts should be available to all. During this time of a global health crisis and heightened social awareness of the many inequities that exist in our society, this work is more important than ever.
Igniting the kaleidoscope of our imagination
While we look forward to the return of live performance, we also recognize that schools and families have to make many difficult decisions for the safety of all that will likely make field trips to our theatre improbable this coming school year. Therefore, in partnership with our local schools, the Carver will offer a series of performances and presentations that will be delivered virtually into the classroom. In addition to the presentation, each experience will have an interactive component where students will be able to engage directly with the artists.
The Carver’s Arts Education program offers public speakers and performances/demos from our roster of art instructors to market and promote the Carver.