Housed inside the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, The Lighthouse Project is a safe, exciting place for young people to explore their interests in music, videography, dance, visual art and fashion. In each of our media arts programs, experienced teaching artists inspire and empower students to find their voice, and build transferable technical skills that position them for success after high school.


The Audio Arts & Visual Arts Clubs meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the school year.  These clubs serve as creative havens where teens can learn, collaborate, and hone their artistic talents. Club participants learn how to use industry standard equipment and software and work together to create music, videos and artwork to present and perform around their community. Teaching artists introduce project ideas and make space for youth who want to work on projects of their own design.  Enrollment remains open throughout the year. Consistent attendance is encouraged but not required.

The Audio Arts Club includes the following activities:

Beat Production
Audio Engineering
Song Writing
Rap & Poetry
Studio Recording
The Visual Arts Club includes the following activities:

Comics & Anime
Drawing & Painting

Each program includes:

  • Hands-on access to industry standard technology and software
  • Artist development and mentorship
  • City-wide presentation and performance opportunities
  • Daily snack and dinner for all students
  • Homework help
  • Transportation home to students living in 15208, 15206, and 15221 zip codes

Courses offer in-depth skill building and expert instruction in a specific artform or discipline. Courses are typically 10-weeks long and take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  Each year we offer a variety of courses in subjects such as Deejaying, Beatmaking, Youtubing and Photoshop. Courses require registration, consistent attendance, and have specific start and end dates. Contact us at to learn about upcoming courses.

Recording Studio
The Lighthouse Recording Studio is a community-based recording facility providing a supportive and creative environment for young musicians and seasoned recording artists. Our staff and engineers specialize in hip-hop, jazz, and R&B, and have recorded a wide range of genres including rock, pop, gospel, EDM, contemporary classical, and singer-songwriter. We partner with a number of youth organizations to produce music and podcasts and work with individual youth recording artists, bands, producers and engineers. Our approach combines mentorship with a professional recording experience. Learn more about the recording studio at:



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