Summer days at the Arts Center have always meant the building’s studios and hallways are filled with young people.
Children and teens would be in the Black Box rehearsal space on the second floor singing, dancing and acting; while budding visual artists expressed their creativity through a variety of media (clay, paint, printmaking and more) on the third floor in the Disney Art Studio.
This year, since our Governor has yet to reopen entertainment venues like the Arts Center, and for the safety of everyone, summer camps will be held online. Not to worry, though! There’s still an impressive virtual line-up of performance camps, actor workshops, dance camps and visual arts offerings.
“We are excited that we are still able to offer our Summer Camps this year, now virtually. Our Senior Director of Education Alana Adams has done a brilliant job of curating a creative line-up of offerings for children 6 and up, and there’s something for everyone!,” said Andrea Gannon, the Arts Center’s vice president of marketing.
“For several of the visual arts camps, we include materials that will be picked up at the Arts Center, then worked on from home with the tutelage of professional, expert instruction,” Gannon said. “All of our camps are unique in that they are meaningful skill-building projects, not just crafts, fostering creativity all summer long!”
Online requirements are standard, and include having a stable internet connection, access to a computer, tablet or smartphone with a microphone and camera, and the Zoom video conferencing app (the download is free).
Other Arts Center offerings held during this unprecedented time, beyond the world of summer camps, have included a free Virtual Play Club for adults. Participants are assigned a role in a play they read, and then meet weekly for each of the play’s acts to “perform” on Zoom, followed by a lively discussion.
This online experience has been met with so much enthusiasm that it will continue into the new season, even once the Arts Center has reopened to public access.
Also throughout quarantine, the Arts Center has led the way with virtual offerings including the Family Art Challenge (in which families recreate famous artwork, often to hilarious effect) and the Fairy Tale Art Challenge (recreating famous fairy tales). Online art lessons were also given throughout April and May.
“We have tried to remained nimble and inventive during this time, and though working remotely, have been actually quite busy these past couple of months,” said Gannon. “In addition to these virtual opportunities, we’ve been planning our exciting 25th Anniversary Theater Season, and can’t wait for the big reveal soon!”
For more information about Summer Camps and to register, visit artshhi.com/camps.