If you want to be an artist, don't wait till college to make your move.
Young eyes (and minds) have the best shot at attaining this life/work goal.
SA is rich in community after school art classes. What, didn't get a chance when you were a kid? Some offer classes for adults, too.
— Scott Andrews
SA's independent literary center teaches children and adults story-telling through fiction, poetry, memoir, and oral tradition as a way to develop compassion and community values. Classes range from elementary school to master classes that bring preeminent writers to read, and teach workshops.
513 S Presa
Open year-round, SAY sí provides free long-term training in visual arts, theater, and media arts to middle and high school students at their facility in Southtown. Many students have gone on to professional careers in the arts —all are taught important lessons in community and self-worth.
1518 S Alamo
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
In the heart of the West Side, the Guadalupe is a community-based organization with a mission to preserve and promote the arts and culture of the Chicano, Latino, and Native American peoples. Classes in dance, theater, poetry, music, visual, and media arts are offered to children and adults; the center presents changing art exhibitions and many events and festivals.
1300 Guadalupe, (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org
San Anto Cultural Arts
This neighborhood-based nonprofit is home to El Placaza community newspaper and the famed Community Mural/Public Art project that has brought over 40 murals to enliven the West Side. The mural project is one of the city's most active art incubators, teaching youth and young adults teamwork while honing visual arts skills.
2120 El Paso
Southwest School of Art
Sited downtown next to the river, the SW School provides training for youths and adults in disciplines ranging from the usual painting and sculpture, to glass, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and digital media. The student and faculty shows are stunning, while shows by visiting artists set the bar to
Carver Community Cultural Center
The Carver has been a center of the city's African-American culture for over 75 years, presenting educational programs on the East Side including the Carver School of Visual and Performing Arts for children and the Carver Master Classes for advanced students, along with music, dance, and theater performances by local and internationally renowned artists.
224 N Hackberry, (210) 207-7211, thecarver.org