Kelly Bancroft, Project Coordinator



      SMARTS, an abbreviation for Students Motivated by the Arts, involves a collaboration of community partners:
  • YSU Beeghly College of Education
  • YSU College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Youngstown Area Arts Council
  • The Butler Institute of American Art
  • The Youngstown Symphony
  • The Youngstown Playhouse
     The SMARTS program serves to encourage learning through the commitment and discpline that creating art forms requires. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Youngstown City School District was chosen as a plot school for SMARTS. Third-grade students will be creating and performing and original opera. The year-long project will culminate in spring performances at MLK and at YSU.
      Hayes Middle School, also in Youngstown City School District, has been involved in SMARTS activities
     SMARTS is funded by grants from three local foundations: