Senior Citizen Classes

Art enrichment classes are held in Senior Centers, strategically located in Shelby County. Our programs run the gamut of enrichment classes including art, photography, and individual music lessons, enabling these seniors to gather in social settings. The Shelby County Arts Council will continue to add classes and expand to other Senior Centers as funding becomes available.


At-Risk Youth

Art and Music Therapy is a great way for youth to express themselves and stimulate creativity. In our program called Take Back our Kids, we serve the county’s at-risk youth, age 12-18, at the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center in Columbiana. Professional visual artists, photographers and musicians rotate on a weekly basis at the facility. Believing there is an artist hidden in each of us, our outreach programs strive to uncover the hidden artist and provide youth with a positive outlet for expression. (This program is supported in part by the Shelby County District Court, Juvenile Court System.)


Since 2008, the Shelby County Arts Council has taught weekly art and music classes in over 17 Shelby County public schools. ArtAbilites is a supplementary art therapy program for special needs students. The goal is that each individual child can participate at his or her own level and be successful. Students eagerly looked forward to their own special art class each week. As funding becomes available, the Shelby County Arts Council will continue to support and grow these programs at schools in Shelby County. Learn more about the program: click to watch video Art Abilities

In School Programs

Through our arts enrichment program, the Arts Council sends musicians, visual artist, performing artists, and authors to schools for workshops across the county as a supplement to their existing arts education. Providing “Master Music Workshops” to “The Tin Man”, Charlie Lucas hands on workshop”, students are introduced to professional artists at their school. These opportunities are not available through the regularly funded school curriculum.

Writing our Stories

A 12-week creative writing program developed by the Alabama Writers Forum and the Alabama Department of Youth Services. The program was designed as an anti-violence program  to teach juvenile defenders to write about their lives as a way of enriching their therapeutic experience. The program has been adapted as an anti-bullying program in the Shelby County Schools. Taught to 7 grade classes at Columbiana Middle School (2012), Montevallo Middle School (2016) and Vincent Middle School (2018), students work with a professional writer to tell their story. The program culminates with a bound-printed anthology of the students work. Learn more about the program: click to watch  Writing Our Stories Video  

The program is supported in part by:  Alabama Power, The Alabama Humanities Foundation,  The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.


DISCOVER DAY at the DAY PROGRAM is an arts centered workshop series designed to be an expandable adjunct to Day Program regular programming. This is not a curriculum-based program, it is a creative outlet. It is an enrichment series that will be designed to complement curriculum-based programs already in place. Each teaching artist will have the goal of inspiring the students to create, thereby leaving The DAY Program with a more inspired and engaged student body. This program is provided at no cost to The Day Program through the efforts of Leadership Shelby County and The Shelby County Arts Council. Each year Leadership Shelby will help SCAC secure funding for the Discover Day Program. Thank you KELLIS VEGETATION for funding the program in 2018.   Find out more about discover-day




These programs are sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov .