Cultural Quarterly
Summer 2008
Volume XXI, Number 3
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Summer Arts Camps Show the Way
For Kids to Learn Along with Play
By Helene Foster

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Every summer Kris Coffett looks forward to seeing her campers become more and more polished as thespians. As the artistic director for Curtain Call Playhouse, she watches them “blossom” and hone their acting talents year after year.

“Summer time is the perfect chance for children to spend their free time participating in a very creative, useful and fun activity,” Coffett explains. “Arts camps give the children an opportunity to take part in workshops that they may not have during the school year.”

Curtain Call Playhouse is entering the 11th season of its drama camp. It is one of many area theaters and arts organization tailoring their summer programs to arts education. Curtain Call Playhouse runs its nearly month-long camp in June, concluding with a full-scale production featuring all of the campers.

“We will present Rapunzel this summer,” she adds. “The children will help write the script, add their own improvisations and create a version that is very funny and very unexpected. Everyone is


incorporated into the show, regardless of his or her level of experience. They really grow as performers by the end of camp.”

Youngsters who attend the Performing Arts Summer Camp at the University Center for the Performing Arts in Davie will find their mornings full of learning to act, dance, sing, study scenes and analyze characters. They also learn about stage movement and makeup. After lunch, they rehearse for their full-scale musical productions, which take place after each four-week session.

“This is our 23rd year of camp,” says Vindhya Khare, director and president of the University Center for the Performing Arts, “The camp is very fun, very high energy and we provide a high quality education. The children are taught by our professional faculty who also teach classes throughout the year.”

For those interested in the fine arts, there are many camp and summer class options as well. At Young At Art Children’s Museum in Davie, children spend the summer painting, sculpting and drawing. They also learn about art history in a unique way, according to Adrienne Chadwick, the museum’s director of education.

“Each week deals with different themes,” she says. “For the past eight years we have based our

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themes on summer hit movies to entice the kids. This summer we will incorporate such new movies as Speed Racer and Kung Fu Panda.” The styles of art masters as well as local artists will be explored through projects using clay, paint, mixed media and other materials.

Camps in the arts introduce children to new skills, allow them to discover a new talent or enjoy a hobby. Some programs are “samplers” while others have a specific focus. For those who like cartooning, for example, Young At Art also offers “Cartooning with Rob Cabrera,” an intensive summer workshop for children up to age 13, taught by a syndicated cartoonist.

In Pembroke Pines, hundreds of children have gotten in the “act” by selecting from fine or performing arts camps each summer. During the school year they also can learn an instrument, take acting lessons or explore the fine arts.

“Our programs have developed such a great reputation over the years that we fill up in a matter of days,” says Robyn Vegas, cultural arts coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. “Even though the schools are cutting budgets, we are growing our arts programs to fill the need.”

So, whether your youngsters have their sights set on Broadway, the Louvre or a destination yet unknown, there’s probably a summer arts camp that will help their creativity soar.  To find out what’s available from the organizations mentioned above and many others, go to our Calendar of Events.

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2008 Summer Arts Camps

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Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Summer Arts Camp 2008
June 9-August 15 (various camps all end August 15)
Contact: Susan Rakes, Director of Education
954-921-3274 ext. 232

Location varies depending upon camp program selected
Visual, performing and interdisciplinary arts programs available for ages 6-19 (camp programs are geared to specific age ranges)
For children who love to dabble in the arts, we offer 10 weeks of our Young Actor/Young Artist series. For talented performers who enjoy the spotlight, we offer nine weeks of our Broadway Actors series. For the older Broadway actor students, we are introducing our Broadway Actors Advanced program.  

Art-Rageous Camp
Young At Art Children’s Museum
Weekly Sessions:  June 2 - August 22
954-424-0085 x27
Visual art camp for ages 3-13
Campers will explore various art media: ceramics, painting, print-making and more.

Camp Discovery at the Museum of Discovery and Science
June 9- August 15 weekly sessions
401 S.W. 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
Science camp for ages 6 – 12 years old
Campers will discover science through hands-on activities, experiments and exploration.  Explore a different theme each week!

Classical Ballet Summer Intensive Program
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
July 7 to August 2 - 2008
Contact: Ruby Issaev
2646 NE 189th Terrace, Miami, Fl 33180
Classical Ballet camp for ages 10 – 19
This exciting and intense program has been designed to provide serious students ages 10 to 19 with a complete dance-training program. There are four levels of study available; Intermediate I, Intermediate 2, Advanced and Pre-Professional. The curriculum includes a complete dance-training program for both male and female students who will be able to receive a unique approach to authentic, traditional Russian ballet training with the finest Russian teachers. Featuring: Russian ballet technique directly from the Vaganova Ballet Academy (Kirov) given by teachers who come from the prestigious academy. All ballet teachers have been students of Vaganova, Tarazov, Plaht, among others, with a high quality expertise in Russian, American, European and Latin American ballet companies. Instruction will concentrate on ballet technique, Pointe, adagios, and variations, port de bras, pirouettes, small and big jumps, variations and allegros. Each group will receive Ballet Technique, Pointe, Female and Male Variations, Character, Pas de Deux classes, Modern, Flamenco, Pilate