Ryan Arts Center

StoGIRLSRocks is a FREE SUMMER MUSIC CAMP for GIRLS (ages 8-18) at the Ryan Arts Center.  

DATES:  June 26-June 30th 

TIMES:  11am-4pm

SHOWCASE on June 30 at 6pm

StoGIRLSRocks is an empowerment program for female youths of all definitions, abilities, & backgrounds. Our program utilizes the process of making music to instill tools for the amplification of self-confidence, creative expression, independent thinking, mutual respect, & cooperation while cultivating a supportive & inclusive community of peers and mentors.

Girls can join to learn the basics in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, and Singing.  Students will be paired with teaching artists and get to learn hands on the basics of music making, forming a band, creating a band, and more.

CAPACITY OF 30 students


NOW OFFERING DROP IN YOGA (for all levels)  

WED NIGHTS 5:30-6:30


RyanArts offers a collection of enriching arts education courses.  Classes are offered on a quarterly basis, with each semester consisting of 9 weeks of classes followed by a student showcase on week 10.




Open Studio is an afterschool open studio where students can come to learn about art practice, work alongside a practicing artist/mentor, learn new technologies in the arts field, or just have a safe quiet space to work on homework and independent projects. The open studios will steer students towards career goals and embrace craft whether its in the visual arts, performance,  or a practical skill. 



@ RYAN ARTS CENTER 420 Chartiers Ave McKees Rocks, PA 15136

email questions and applications to pspynda@forstorox.org





We are starting a Teen Coding Club beginning March 22.  Teens are welcome to stop in and participate in our afterschool coding program.

contact pspynda@forstorox.org for more info

Photos from our 2017 African American Celebration of the Arts

Our art gallery is now providing additional seating for Renewal Coffeeshop and The Sto-Rox Library. Stop in and check it out. 


We do offer tuition assistance. Call or stop in for more info 412 331-1685 ext 310



The Family Table 

The Family Table is the newest family oriented program of Focus On Renewal.  It will provide a unique opportunity for local residents to learn safe food preparation techniques, how to execute a recipe for a low-cost, fresh and delicious family meal. Make your reservation today and experience the joy of eating together around, "The Family Table".

This is a free cooking and dining experience for residents of Sto-Rox.  To participate, you must agree to attend dinner sessions from 5:00pm-7:00pm on four consecutive Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings.

To register your family for the Family Table, contact Larry Rodgers at lrodgers@forstorox.org or (412) 331-1685


Music Workshops at the Sto Rox High School

Ryan Arts in collaboration with Pittonkatonk's Young Musician Collaborative have been bringing live music workshops to the Sto-Rox High School.  This is the 3rd of 5 planned workshops. Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in an informal student led discussion and  performance/workshop.   

Renewal Coffee & The Barista Training Program

Renewal Coffee Co is located in the Ryan Arts/StoRox Library Lobby. This locally owned coffeeshop is partnering w/ Focus On Renewal to create a youth barista training program. This paid internship position is to provide the candidate with a 4-week intensive training experience at Renewal Coffee. The educational training program will follow a curriculum with HOSPITALITY being at the foundation of the internship. Hospitality is the most transferable skill of being a barista, so there will be focus on communication and customer service. The candidate will act in accordance with Renewal Coffee’s policies and protocols laid out by the instructor. 





About the Ryan Arts & Culture Center


A Place for the Arts

Ryan Arts & Culture Center (RyanArts) of Focus On Renewal is a fully-accessible, multi-level facility with a vision of creating an environment that reaffirms the area’s traditions while expanding the region’s cultural and artistic opportunities. It accomplishes this vision by presenting interdisciplinary arts programming, live theater productions and unique exhibitions.

Our Mission

RyanArts creates opportunities for the community and the individual to be inspired, empowered and enlightened through the arts.

Our Vision

Through the arts, RyanArts will foster a sense of accomplishment and hope by developing the spirit, mind and body of all who participate.


RyanArts has its origins in the outcome of the 1994 Sanders Consent Decree, which sought to address discrimination in public housing throughout Allegheny County. McKees Rocks was identified as one of seven communities in Allegheny County cited in a housing discrimination lawsuit filed by Cheryl Sanders and residents of low-income public housing plans in Allegheny County. The suit charged that a disproportionate share of these housing plans were located in a handful of communities in Allegheny County. On behalf of the people of McKees Rocks, Focus on Renewal (F.O.R.) applied to The Sanders Task Force and was awarded $800,000. As the steward of the settlement funds, FOR rallied residents to determine how the settlement funds should be used. Unanimously, the community called for a place to come together and express ideas, share local traditions and grow culturally resulting in the creation of the RyanArts.

RyanArts receives general operating support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), a unit of local government with a mission to support and finance regional assets in the area of libraries, parks and recreation, cultural, sports and civic facilities and programs.

Gemini Children's Theater

RyanArts is the new home of Gemini Children's Theater.  Gemini offers unique theater workshops, classes and camps for children. They also have an improv troupe for adults known as the Amish Monkeys. Performances are held in our very own Baverso Theater, which features seating for 100+ audience members including wheelchair accessible spaces. You can find out more about Gemini and all of their programs by visiting their website