West Side Y Arts Camp is an experiential summer of fun for ages 5.5 - 12. Arts Camp is a vibrant community-building experience in which campers explore their own creative expression in a safe and supportive environment. Children are grouped by age and together they take 5 classes each in DANCE, DRAMA, MUSIC, and VISUAL ARTS per 2-week session. That adds up to 20 hours of arts instruction every 2 weeks! The summer is divided into four two-week sessions, each with its own organizing theme. Campers learn different styles and techniques in all 4 art forms all summer long with a focus on foundational skill building, development of original material, rehearsal, and performance.
Arts Camp's 2018 theme is ART AS ENERGY. "Giving children tools on how to interpret their experience in a body, helps empower them to make decisions. They learn to listen to themselves and direct their energy in a conscious way that will allow them to settle into themselves and their authentic power." (Leanne Holitza). This summer, we will focus on 4 energetic centers in the body and how these energy centers may inspire artistic expression, creativity, and community. We will begin at the naval center with an exploration of courage, determination, and commitment. Next, we move to the heart to explore harmony, peace, love, and compassion. Third, we move to the throat center to explore communication, self-expression, listening, and truth. Finally, we land on the 3rd eye, where campers will meditate on intuition, vision, wisdom, balance, and curiosity.
On Thursdays at 4 PM of weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8, each group performs in an informal showcase for family and friends in the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater. Throughout the summer in all 4 art forms, students explore age-appropriate curriculum that celebrates the dance, theater, music, and visual art as it relates to the summer's over-arching program theme. In addition to arts classes, all campers swim twice a week, go on arts-related field trips around NYC, and, weather permitting, enjoy Central Park for lunch, fresh air, yoga, and team-building creative activities. For more information about Arts Camp please call the Amanda Selwyn, Community Arts Director at 212-912-2635.
Parents should plan on attending one of the following camp orientations once they are registered.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 6:00 - 7:00 PM
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Morning: 8-9 AM; $55 per week | Afternoon: 5-6 PM: $55 per week | AM/PM: $100 per week
SESSIONS AND FEES
Program session is 2 weeks. Participants can enroll in any combination of weeks.
Sessions/Weeks Dates Members Non-Member
Session 1 | Week 1 July 2 - July 6 $485 $565 (No camp July 4)
Session 1 | Week 2 July 9 - July 13 $485 $565
Session 2 | Week 3 July 16 - July 20 $485 $565
Session 2 | Week 4 July 23 - July 28 $485 $565
Session 3 | Week 5 July 30 - August 3 $485 $565
Session 3 | Week 6 August 6 - August 10 $485 $565
Session 4 | Week 7 August 13 - August 17 $485 $565
Session 4 | Week 8 August 20 - August 24 $485 $565