The space that houses the SMARTS program downtown is like a hidden present along Federal Street.
Go inside and open the doors, and you'll find an explosion of color, laughter, music, dancing, opera, creative writing, and art throughout its two floors.
But you'll also find shopping - in the SMARTS Store. From 60 artists!
In fact, I think I can do just about all of my holiday shopping in here.
The SMARTS program will be having its annual holiday open house on Tuesday December 6th from 10am to 6pm.
There will be refreshments, music, and hands-on activities for kids.
Check out the variety of gifts for sale:
as a bonus, all sales get a 10% discount on tuesday.
SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts) is a FREE downtown after-school program to provide instruction to grades k through 12 in art, music, an dance for children from all income levels.
Through its affiliation with YSU, students in the university's music education program and other programs teach students in various disciplines.
All proceeds from the SMARTS Store benefit future programming for students (maybe your children) downtown.
More information about SMARTS is available here.