horse:kidsThe Butler offers a wide array of visual arts programs for people of all ages. Tours of the museum’s permanent collection and temporary shows offer visitors assistance interpreting exhibitions. A variety of free programs serve the community’s schools, service groups, libraries and nursing homes. Butler docent volunteers bring slide and computer presentations to area groups, and introduce them to this valuable cultural resource. Butler lectures include the Symposia on American Art series which brings art world celebrities to the Institute.


The Butler’s free Film on Art series features art history documentaries, which are shown on Tuesdays at noon in the museum’s state-of-the-art Beecher Center Zona Auditorium.



Art classes for children and adults are offered quarterly and are conducted by highly skilled and qualified instructors. The Al Parella Scholarship fund makes Butler classes available to talented, financially challenged school-age students.

Winter/Spring 2019 Classes for Adults & Children

The Butler offers free family programs each month to introduce families to the Institute’s collection and temporary shows. Butler instructors lead children and their parents in an art activity based upon works on view within the museum’s galleries.


Each year since 1989, the Butler hosts its annual Summer Visual Arts Day Camp for children. This year, the SVADC will be held at The Butler in Youngstown, OH. Children from the region between the ages of eight and thirteen are eligible for the camp. Summer Camp for 2019 will be held Tuesday through Friday, July 16-19 and July 23-26, 2019. To register, download, print, fill out the forms below, and mail them to:

Attn: Education Department/SVADC, Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502.

SVADC Registration Form 2019

SVADC Medical Form 2019

SVADC Free Enrollment Form 2019

SVADC Parent-Camper Responsibilities 2019

SVADC Brochure 2019

For registration assistance or for more information call the Butler Art Education Department at 330-743-1107,  Ext. 1103 or email Alison Begala.

SVADC is sponsored in part by: Sponsored in part by: The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley Young Philanthropist Fund, The Kiwanis Club of Youngstown, Home Savings Foundation, Abe and Leona M. Adler Charitable Trust & The Ohio Arts Council.

The Sweeney Gallery, an interactive space for families, offers temporary exhibitions designed for children. In this gallery, hands-on stations allow youngsters to create art.