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An Art-Filled Summer

As season is winding down, summer is coming into full-swing. Beginning June 5, BIG ARTS will offer its annual summer camp for elementary, middle and high school students.

BIG ARTS Summer Camp Director Erin Peter said that first through fifth graders will be completely immersed in visual and performing arts.

“We offer a really well-rounded visual and performing arts program to the kids, Peter said.

Throughout the week, they take daily classes in music and theater and put on a performance every Friday of what they learned in those classes. In addition, they take two visual art classes each day, and that work is also on display Friday afternoon.

“They really get the whole art experience,” Peter said.

Each week begins a new session with a new theme. The list of 2017 dates and themes are listed here.

Summer camp for first through fifth graders begins June 5 and wraps up on July 28. Sign in begins at 8:30 a.m. and final pickup is at 3 p.m. The cost is $175 per week, walk-ups are welcome.

An apprentice program is offered to middle and high school students and includes advanced art classes plus the chance to earn community service hours. The cost is $100 per week. Programs include a human trafficking awareness workshop, an animation class, film class and dance class. More classes will be announced soon.

“They’ll do the classes for two hours a day, sometimes it’ll lead to a presentation on Friday. The other half of the day, they’ll volunteer with the younger kids and they’ll earn community service hours,” Peter said.

Peter, who has been BIG ARTS’ summer camp director for the last three years, said what she enjoys most is seeing the children pursue their passions.

“There’s not a lot of places where kids can get fully immersed in the arts, so seeing them come in and knowing that’s what they’re here for and being enthusiastic about it is really special to me,” Peter said.

For more information the BIG ARTS summer camp, click here or call 1-239-395-0900.

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