Registration is open for the 2018 BIG ARTS Summer Camp, a well-rounded six-week program of visual and performing arts with activities inspired by weekly themes. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11 to July 27. “Campers love appreciate the diversea creative outlet scattered throughout the day,” said Erin Peter, who has organized the BIG ARTS camp for the past four years.
Campers in first through fifth grades create art projects – pottery is a favorite – and participate in music and theater classes taught by professional instructors. On Fridays, artwork is properly exhibited and campers put on a performance, combining music and theater, for parents to enjoy. “It’s very exciting for the kids to showcase their hard work,” said Peter.
This year’s weekly themes are:
Superheroes Assemble – join forces to save the world of art, music and theater
Futuristic Fun – design the future of your wildest dreams
Welcome to the Jungle – explore the animal kingdom
Spirit Week – Fun Hat Monday, Wacky Sock Tuesday, Holiday Wednesday, Pajama Thursday and Future Self Friday
Got Talent – Use unique talents to create art and teach each other new tricks
Pack Your Passport – an art adventure around the globe
And there is a special role fFor campers in middle and high school: apprenticing the younger campers to earn , the apprentice program is a chance to earn community service hours. The older campers join the staff in setting up activities for the day, and participatingand interacting with young campers.by volunteering to assist younger campers, help at lunchtime or with activities set up for the full camp day or morning or afternoon There is also a second summer apprentice program that includes The second half of camp, from July 9-27, apprentices can participatinge in classes such as learning the from drawing, painting, and sculpting with unconventional materials. Apprentices may choose to volunteer, participate in classes, or both. BIG ARTS tailors the apprentice and young campers’ program.It’s designed to be flexible.
“We see a lot of campers return every year with some growing into the apprentice program and one returning as our theater teacher,” said Peter. “However, we always enjoy seeing new faces join us.”
Those interested are encouraged to register early as this popular arts and education summer experience sells out fast. Parents can download registration forms from our website, www.BIGARTS.org, or register in person at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Rd.
BIG ARTS, established in 1979, is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing quality artistic, cultural and educational experiences to Sanibel and Captiva residents and visitors with a full array of fine arts, music, educational enrichment, film and the presentation of nationally renowned performing artists throughout the season.
Visit www.BIGARTS.org to learn more about our Spectacular 2018 Season! and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 239-395-0900. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook!