After careful consideration, the Board of Directors of Carnegie Hall, with input from the staff, has determined that it is not feasible to hold Kids’ College this summer. While we and our students love Kids’ College and look forward to it every year, the health and well-being of our students, volunteers, staff, and community are our highest priorities.
The guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources were key factors in reaching this decision. We are all disappointed and will greatly miss seeing our Kids’ College students and their families, many of whom have participated in the program for two or more generations. However, given the nature of our facility and our camp activities, we believe this decision is in the best interest of our entire community.
We are already planning for Kids’ College 2021 and look forward to seeing everyone then. In the meantime, we will continue working to create other educational opportunities for the youth and adults in our region.
Kids' College is an opportunity to expand learning in and through the arts in a safe, nurturing environment. A primary objective of Kids' College is to instill a lifelong love of learning through the arts for its participants. Students have the chance to "try-out" different art forms at Kids' College; they identify new skills within themselves, boosting self-esteem. At Carnegie Kids' College there is little risk for failure, due to the support mechanisms in place - teaching artists, volunteers, peers, and administration.
Please note that enrollment is determined by the class year youth is entering, not by age. Homeschooled youth should enroll based on what class they would be entering in the public school system. Children entering kindergarten and first grade enroll in a rotation of Music for Kids, Art for Kids, and Movement for Kids. Most of the morning and afternoon classes are for students entering grades 2-7, but some classes are designed for students in grades 4-7. Every possible effort is made to accommodate class requests; however, occasionally we must make substitutions. Some classes may not be offered due to insufficient enrollment. Carnegie Hall reserves the right to cancel classes if necessary. Classes do fill up; up to 5 children will be waitlisted per class, should openings become available.