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Developing God-Given Talents, One Child at a Time

At The River Fine Arts, we offer a full range of dance, music, theatre, and art classes for the entire family.

Join us Dec 9th at 4:00 PM at Alamo Jr High for our Christmas Service "Spoken"

Our Christmas service is open to both current students and to children in the community who are not a current student. Performers tell the story of Christmas and God's plan for His people. Join us in celebrating the great love God has shown us in the words and promises He has "Spoken".

Christmas Ornaments

Upcoming Christmas Fun at The River

Dec 15: Make it, Wrap it, Take it: Gift making for all ages! Pick session 1 (2-4PM) or session 2 (4:30-6:30 PM) and come make gifts for your family and friends. Open to all ages; parents can drop off or stay to make gifts with their students. $20 per student. Pre-registration required.

Christmas Camps:

     Dec 20: Frolic with Frosty ages 2-6; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

     Dec 21: Follow the Star ages 2-6; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

     Dec 22: All Aboard the Polar Express; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM ages 2-6

                                                                  10:00 AM- 4:00 PM ages 6-12

                                    *** Register online in your accounts***

Looking for a creative outlet for your family? Join us at The River and you will find:

                                 * Arts education from a Christian worldview where we integrate faith and art every day in every class.

                                 * A loving, supportive environment, with class options in dance, theatre, art, and music for the entire family.

                                 * Attentive, caring instructors who are focused on their student's artistic development as well as their physical, emotional, and                                                spiritual growth.

                                 * Economical pricing for families.

                                * Tuition-free dance & theatre ministry classes.

                                * Wide variety of dance, theatre, art, and music class options.


If you are looking for a home for your creative family, we hope you will consider The River. 

We would love to talk to you anytime to answer questions and tell you more about the studio at 432-262-0298.

2023 Fall Registration is open. If you did not receive an email with information, or would like information on registering for the first time, please email theriverarts@gmail.com.

Tuition Trade

Would you like to trade us your skills and time for tuition? We always need help! 

Please visit this link to sign up.

Christian Fine Arts Studio in Midland, Texas

The River offers a joy-filled, Christ-centered environment for the entire family to explore their creative sides. We love artistic expression in all forms and want to provide a place where students can nurture those expressions while also growing in their faith.


We offer technique classes in dance, theatre, music, and art for all levels from beginner to advanced- and we can't wait to create with YOU!


Come gather at the River!


Every living thing that gathers where the river goes will live... Ezek 47:9

Meet Our Owner

Lauren Knowles

Owner and Creative Director


Lauren's love for dancing began in a Mommy and Me class at the age of 2 and was fostered over the years by many wonderful teachers and experiences. Music and theatre were loved and encouraged in her family and from grade school to college she was involved in various productions. Lauren chose to pursue dance as a career and studied dance education, theatre, and psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She graduated with a B.A. degree in Dance Education for grades K to 12 and Psychology Education for grades 7 to 12. It was here that she received the tremendous gift of dancing and working with the Sacred Dance group under the love and leadership of Maxine DeBruyn which greatly shaped her views on the intersection of faith and art. Following her graduation, Lauren moved to Midland, Texas to teach dance at Art and Soul. She stayed there and eventually directed for 6 wonderful years until moving to Ohio for her husband’s new job. In 2018, Lauren and her family returned to Midland, this time for her husband to step in as the director of Christmas in Action. Believing that art is not only a wonderful tool to develop children mentally, socially, and emotionally, but also a vehicle for ministry and spiritual growth, Lauren is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be teaching and mentoring students again.

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