smART Explorers Franchise

Last Updated on August 3, 2012 by DeanR

smART Explorers Franchise Information

SmART Explorers is a franchise for a business providing art education to children.

It was founded in 2008 and started franchising in 2010. They believe in the combination of a child’s passion for the art and the power of their imagination. They help the children find the artist within them. They work on empowering the experience in the arts of each child and supports and recognizes their individuality through providing the ideas and tools that they need.

They apply an inquiry based dialogue as part of the artistic process to help children see the world that is filled with possibilities as far as their imagination can reach. They are also encouraged to use different types of art mediums in expressing their vision. They now have three locations in the United States and three locations that are company owned.

What are the programs being offered at smART Explorers?

They have the Mommy and Me, Daddy and Me, and Toddler Programs. Under this program are Adopt an Animal, Exploration Station, Stamp To It, Surely You Jest, and Wonderfully Wild which involves puppet plays based on Maurice Sendak’ s “Where the Wild things Are”. For Preschool, they have 3-D Art, Imagine That, Leaf Motif, Masquerade Parade, and Medieval Art which involves painting a castle skyline and creating their own family coat of arms. For Elementary School, they have Abstraction Attraction, Color Coded, Get to the Point, Marvelous Mosaic, and Modern Marvels which introduces the children to the techniques by famous artists like Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Klee.

For Afterschool programs, they have smART Explorer Enrichments including Faces of Picasso, Going In Circles, and Hide & Seek where they will be exploring on hiding pictures and color explosion collages using splashes, lines, splotches, shapes, and colors. Their Camp Program is called Artrageous Camp which provides a variety in learning art concepts that inspires children and gets their imagination flowing. Mini-Camps are designed for shorter breaks such as holiday vacations. The programs for teens are there to help them better express themselves, build their self-esteem and confidence.  The programs for seniors are there to keep their bodies and mind stimulated and active. They also hold birthday parties.

Cost and requirements on running a smART Explorers franchise

You need to have a net worth of $25,000 and a total liquid asset of at least $3,000 to $5,000. Expect to be investing about $21,000 to $23,000. The cost of smART Explorers franchise fee is $16,000 with an on-going royalty fee of at least 7%. This is for a renewable 10 year term agreement. You will need about two employees to run one location. They allow absentee ownership.

What is included in the franchise package?

There will be four days training at the headquarters. Training will include individualized business plan, customized marketing plan, program instruction and observation. You will be given access to the internet which has training videos, supply lists and program dialogues, photo library, and marketing materials. Expect to be attending meetings and receiving occasional field evaluations to check on your progress.

smART Explorers Contact Details

You may reach them at:

Address: P.O. Box 8495 Asheville, NC 28814

Phone: (800) 444-4968


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