At the Davis Family YMCA, one can explore a variety of arts and humanities classes, all of which are taught by professionals in their fields. A diverse line up of visual, performance, and language arts is available, rounded out by several informal clubs. For more information about days and times, check the Schedule Information page (not all classes are available each session).

Art Shows

Each year, three art shows are held at the GATY (Gallery at the Y), featuring invitational, benefit, and juried exhibits. When no shows are in progress, the GATY is used to display myriad other art.

Every other year, the Y participates in the Global Art Project for Peace, a UNESCO nominated international peace exchange. In the past, we have partnered with organizations from Australia, British Columbia, Canada, Cyprus, Iraq, Iran, Japan, Mexico and Senegal as well as several US states.

But I Know What I Like

The Davis Family YMCA hosted its fourth annual juried art show in conjunction with National YMCA Arts Month. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held, Sunday, October 8, from 1 to 3 pm. As always, the show is free and open to the community. You will have the opportunity to meet the artists, partake of light refreshments, and enjoy music by “Classical Strings.” Awards will be presented at 2 pm.

“But I Know What I Like” is open to any adult, amateur or professional within a 40 mile radius. The twist is that it is judged by non-experts, as in “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like!” There are 218 pieces from 90 local artists located throughout the Y, downstairs and upstairs. Many of the pieces are available for purchase; a portion of each sale benefits the YMCA’s Annual Campaign.

The show is dedicated to the memory of John Patterson, a former art student at the Y who became a prolific painter.

Suzanne Gray has designed a stunning poster to commemorate this show. Prints of the poster are available for $10 each.


To view more awards and to read more about the show, please visit Gallery at the Y.

FIVE Squared


The 2018 show will run from February into March with an Opening Reception on the first Sunday. In 2017, we had 510 pieces of art donated by over 200 artists from nine countries and eight states. Included were paintings, photographs, drawings, digital images, collages, mixed media, prints, jewelry and ceramics.

We will sell raffle tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) to win a place at the front of the line. Beginning shortly after 2 pm, the ten winners will be able to chose a piece for purchase.

Art is hung anonymously, so you do not know whether the artist is a seasoned professional, an emerging artist or a true amateur.

Proceeds from the entire event go to our YMCA Annual Campaign which funds our Art Outreach program for children who are seldom exposed to art. Last year, more than $3,500 was raised thanks to the generosity of hundreds of contributors from around the world which enabled our outreach team to go to the city Rescue Mission, Daybreak, Casa Madre, Beatitude House and Youngstown Community School’s after school program.null

Our own Suzanne Gray creates a stunning FIVE Squared print each year to commemorate the event. It consists of a collage from photos of the artwork. The print sells for $10.

Click HERE to see ALL of the pieces of art.

Like FIVE Squared on Facebook!

Watch a video from FIVE Squared 2015.

Arts & Humanities Programs


Drawing, Lego Club, Pottery


Ballroom Dancing, Painting, Pottery, Plein Air Painting Club as well as the International Club

All Ages

Anime Club and Guitar

Click HERE to read more about our programs and to meet our INSTRUCTORS

Suzanne Gray, Arts & Humanities Coordinator, or 330.480.5656 x 247


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