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$23K - $39K
Units as of 2020
42 34.4% over 3 years

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a KidzArt franchise.

KidzArt is a concept that Shell Herman developed in 1993 after realizing the lack of national art enrichment programs for children in the school curriculum. In 1997, alongside Chris Cruikshank, an exhibiting master artist and childhood friend, Herman founded the KidzArt drawing-based fine arts program. Franchising started in 2002, as the company offered drawing programs, classes, workshops, and creative-oriented education to students ages three and up.

KidzArt provides children with a confidence-building opportunity by encouraging creativity while using over 60 teaching mediums that groom artistic individuals to nourish their creative spirit. The brand seeks art-oriented individuals that want to work with children. Franchisees must be looking to make a change in their community and have sales, marketing, or business management experience.

Why You May Want to Start a KidzArt Franchise

As a franchisee for a KidzArt location, you'll be using art to build your students’ confidence. KidzArt strives to use a structure that provides a fun, safe, and inspired learning experience. The company offers conditions for developing and nurturing creativity with the aid of an extraordinary proprietary curriculum.

KidzArt chooses art as a vehicle that extends to all ages, exposing the right form of instructions and creative methods to children and adults alike. The franchisor's main aim is to build generalized confidence that carries over to other areas of a student's life. Clients may choose KidzArt because of the perceptual and visual tools they use for easier learning, making problem-solving a fun, transforming, and exciting experience.

What Might Make a KidzArt Franchise a Good Choice?

A KidzArt franchisee can teach art lessons themselves or hire staff on a part-time or full-time basis. To be part of the brand, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Typical terms of agreement run for a period of ten years. At the conclusion of the term of agreement, you may qualify to renew your franchise if KidzArt believes that your franchise is performing up to par.

The overhead costs may be low because you may be able to operate your location as a home-based or mobile franchise. Your daily routine may involve managing trainers, monitoring locations, developing customers, and communicating with existing clients. The franchisor prepares you with tools and valuable tips before, during, and after training. You should expect to spend multiple days training at KidzArt headquarters in Jackson, Michigan. You may benefit from ongoing coaching calls that start a few weeks after formal training, where you'll learn more about teaching, organizing art classes, best implementation of practices, and marketing.

How To Open a KidzArt Franchise

If KidzArt sounds like the franchise for you, complete an information request form. You may then participate in an online registration process, where KidzArt will vet your suitability to hold a franchise license.

A franchise development team member may get in touch with you, taking you through the company's Franchise Disclosure Document to determine if KidzArt is the right fit for you. If you and KidzArt agree that you should move forward in the process, you may be invited to headquarters in Jackson, Michigan for a discovery day meeting with executives and other franchisees.

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Company Overview

About KidzArt

Parent Company
Justin Elliott, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
2002 (20 years)
# of employees at HQ
# of Units
42 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

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Corporate Address
833 Laurence Ave., #B
Jackson, MI 49202

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a KidzArt franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$14,900 - $19,900
Initial Investment
$22,773 - $39,207
Royalty Fee
Ad Royalty Fee
Term of Agreement
10 years
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
KidzArt has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

Classroom Training
38 hours
Additional Training
Webinars, calls
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing


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Updated: February 8th, 2021