We provide instruction in all artistic disciplines to children and teens, ages 6 through 18, in an after-school program five days a week. This includes piano, strings, brass, wind, guitar and other traditional instruments; musical ensembles; modern dance; creative writing and drama; and visual arts.

Students are encouraged to enroll in up to four different disciplines per year to unleash their full creative potential.

Proposed Course Offerings
July 28, 2023Deadline for returning students' notification of intent
Sept. 1, 2023Class schedule and lesson offerings announced, enrollment officially open
Sept. 8, 2023Deadline for final enrollment and financial forms*
Sept. 18, 2023First day of classes

*Please note: Returning students are required to update and resubmit registration and financial disclosure forms every year. 

The Community School of the Arts provides lessons and classes across multiple disciplines, including piano, strings, wind, brass and percussion instruments, visual arts, dance and creative writing. The school year, which runs September through May, is divided into three 12-week semesters with students enrolling in their choice of classes and lessons for the duration of the year.

Community School of the Arts is dedicated to its mission, and we expect students to maintain a certain level of commitment. At the end of each year, students are asked to sign a letter of intent to reserve their spot for the coming year. Returning students always receive priority in scheduling. However, we encourage new and prospective students to put their names on the mailing and/or waiting lists at any time during the school year and submit financial disclosure forms early.

ew students usually are recommended by church leaders, school principals, case workers and youth counselors; however, any child or family with a demonstrated need and desire is considered for enrollment and financial aid.

Our scholarships are awarded strictly on financial need. Students attend with full scholarships that cover all lessons, classes, instruments and materials for the year. We do not offer sliding-scale tuition.

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Student Calendar

Friday, Sept. 9
2020-2021 Registration Deadline

Monday, Sept. 19
CSA First Day of Classes (Fall)

Monday, Oct. 10, to Friday, Oct. 14
Fall Break (No classes)

Tuesday, Nov. 8
Knox County Schools In-Service Day

Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Friday, Nov. 25
Thanksgiving Break (No classes)

Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 P.M.
The Nave/Parish Hall
Church Street UMC

Friday, Dec. 16
CSA Last Day of Classes (Fall)

Tuesday, Jan. 9
CSA First Day of Classes (Winter)

Monday, Jan. 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No classes)

Monday, Feb. 20
Presidents Day (No classes)

Friday, March 10
CSA Last Day of Classes (Winter)

Monday, March 13, to Friday, March 17
Spring Break (No classes)

Monday, March 20
CSA First Day of Classes (Spring)

Friday, April 7
Good Friday (No classes)

Monday, April 10
Easter Monday (No classes)

Thursday, May 4, at 6:30 P.M.
The Nave/Parish Hall
Church Street UMC

Thursday, May 11, at 6:30 P.M.
The Nave/Parish Hall
Church Street UMC

Friday, May 19
CSA Last Day of Classes (Spring)

Canceled - Tuesday, May 30, to Friday, June 2
Bennett Galleries

Canceled - Friday, June 2, 5-8 P.M.
Bennett Galleries

Outreach Programs

CSA builds partnerships with other community organizations by providing off-site art, music and dance therapy programs. We have collaborated with service organizations, such as The Salvation Army, New Life Inn of Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Helen Ross McNabb Center, YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Montgomery Village Child Development Center and Wesley House Community Center.

The school maintains ongoing and long-term partnerships with the Crutcher Memorial Youth Enrichment Center (our “sister” organization), Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), Knox County Homeless Tutoring Project and “My Place” homeless summer camp at Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School.

We are eager to collaborate with organizations to expand our community’s resources for underserved and at-risk children and youth. If an organization has a project or proposal that you would like us to consider, please call 865-523-5684 or email