Upcoming Youth Programs

Youth Performance Festival

The Youth Performance Festival (YPF), a collaboration between Play Incubation Collective and the Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley, is a FREE opportunity for youth artists ages 8-18 to create original performance pieces under the guidance of mentor artists in the fields of music, dance, theater, poetry/spoken word, and video.

YPF centers the creative agency of young artists, and is committed to supporting them as they discover their own creative processes.

No pre-registration required. Just plan to come to the Dec 4th Orientation Session! Questions in the meantime? Please email Festival Co-director Sarah Marcus at sarah@playincubation.org. Also click the button below for more info and other important dates. 

Past Youth Programs

Family-Friendly Salon


We hosted our first annual Family Friendly Salon this fall featuring both youth and adult presenters!

PIC Family Friendly Salons are an opportunity for performing artists and audience members of all ages to come together in celebration of the artistic process. The lineup is curated to appeal to a family-friendly audience, and the performers give audience members a peak into creative practice by sharing inspiration and answering audience questions.The Salon takes place by the big red frame sculpture. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and low-seat chairs, and are welcome to come early and stay late to pick apples and enjoy the beauty of Park Hill! Thank you to our wonderful presenting artists and the 80-person multigenerational audience for making our first year hosting this salon a huge success!



Creative Journeys

with arts educators Kit Marshall and Felicia Sloin

We had a WONDERFUL time this summer with the 7-11 year olds who participated in our inaugural youth arts summer program. The program, hosted at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, featured 2 weeks of music, dance, drumming, yoga, art, and puppetry culminating in a theatrical carnival adventure to share with friends and family! Check out this highlight reel from our time together.

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