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Arts Partners Summer Camps


 

 

The Kentucky Arts Council provides operating support to many nonprofits in the Commonwealth. Below is a listing of summer camps hosted by these Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations.

 


 

Boyle

Community Arts Center
401 W. Main St.
Danville, KY 40422
www.communityartscenter.net

June 5-9
9 a.m.- noon, 1-4 p.m.
Grades: 2-6
$100

Bookworms Art Camp – Bring your imagination to life with this special camp designed just for book-loving artists. Campers will create artwork inspired by famous stories and characters, make art using real books, delve into the art of book-making and even develop their own original literary creations. This camp is suitable for all levels of readers! Need-based scholarships are available.

June 12-16
9 a.m.-noon
1-4 p.m.
Grades: 2-6
$100

Rainforest Adventure Camp – Calling all explorers! Set forth on an artistic adventure to the deepest corners of your imagination. From leopards to lemurs, sloths to slugs, no animal is too wild for our imaginations to capture with paint, clay and more. We swing from the treetops – or at least sketch them – and dig into uncharted artistic territory in this exotic and exciting week of creative exploration. Need-based scholarships are available.

July 17-21
9 a.m.-noon
1-4 p.m.
Grades: 2-6
$100

Fabulous Food Art – Art-making has never been this delicious! Campers will explore the relationship between food and art, creating artwork inspired by – and even created from – food. Delicious donuts, mouthwatering miniature hamburgers, and vegetables you never thought your kid would eat will be among our subjects as we paint, sketch, sculpt and more. Please note: Because campers will be exposed to a variety of food products, this camp is *not* recommended for children with serious food allergies. Need-based scholarships are available.

July 24-28
9 a.m.-noon
1-4 p.m.
Grades: 2-6
$100

Take Flight Camp – Take your creativity to new heights in this fast-paced camp for rising second through sixth graders. Imaginations will soar as we explore the artistic possibilities of flight, designing the perfect paper airplane, create found-object bug sculptures and build big beautiful wings of our own. The sky’s the limit! Need-based scholarships are available.

July 31-Aug. 4
9 a.m.-noon
Grades: K-1
$100

Mini Camp – Do you have an aspiring artist in the house? They'll love this special camp designed just for our youngest artists. Rising kindergarten and first-graders will explore a wide range of artistic techniques and media including painting, drawing and ceramics. Registration is limited to 12 campers, allowing for lots of one-on-one attention from our professional instructors. Need-based scholarships are available.

July 31-Aug. 4
1-4 p.m.
Grades: 7-9
$125

Middle School Nerd Camp – Nerds of the world – unite and make some art! Found-object ray guns, cosplay helmets and maybe even a little guerrilla public art making are all on the agenda for rising seventh-ninth graders. Inspired by science-fiction, comics and video games, we’re assembling an all-star cast of professional artists to help you take your nerd game to the next level. Need-based scholarships are available.

 


 

Daviess

RiverPark Center
101 Daviess St.
Owensboro, KY 42303
www.riverparkcenter.org

June 19-23
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grades: 1-12
$200

The RiverPark Center and Missoula Children's Theatre invite your child to participate in “Gulliver's Travels.”

June 26-30
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grades: 1-12
$200

The RiverPark Center and Missoula Children's Theatre invite your child to participate in “Treasure Island.”

July 10-11 and 13-14 (two sessions)
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grades: 3-12
$75

Calling all young wizards! The Sorting Hat is waiting for you. Mix potions, play Quidditch, cast spells and win points for your house! This two-day event will transport you into the world of Harry Potter, and hone your skills in magic (no unforgivable curses allowed). Space is limited, so sign up today before this opportunity vanishes!

July 12
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grades: 5-12
$40

This one-day camp will focus on strengthening existing acting skills, as well as teaching advanced concepts. Making strong character choices, developing backstory, physical and emotional acting techniques, and more. Prior acting experience is STRONGLY suggested.

July 17-21
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grades: 2-8
$200

Back by popular demand! Art camp provides a wonderful introduction to several forms of visual art. From painting to collages to print and everything in between, this visual arts week will give kids an opportunity to explore a new area of art each day. Projects will vary from individual pieces to large scale group work that will be installed and displayed permanently at RiverPark Center.

July 24-28
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grades: 2-8
$200

RiverPark Center is proud to have local favorites Randy Lanham and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra host a whole week about different kinds of music and instruments. If you love music, whether you have years of experience or no experience at all, this camp is for you!

 

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
901 Frederica St.
Owensboro, KY 42301
www.omfa.us

July 5-14
9 a.m.- noon, 1-4p.m.
Ages: 6-16
Free

A BARN RAISING - A celebration of the economic origins of the region will feature the exhibition WAY OF THE LAND: THE FARM STORY and an accompanying camp for children.

Constructed in the museum’s sculpture park, the miniature barn will be designed and built by children ages 6 to 10 and 11 to 16 in morning and afternoon sessions, respectively, over a two-week period. Design concepts in the media of watercolor and acrylic paintings will precede the building process. The walk-in barn will be constructed of insulation board and wood and feature murals on each side depicting farm animals, equipment and crops.

Admission is free but registration is required by June 30. A BARN RAISING is a part of a series of free annual camps sponsored by Owensboro Grain Company.

 

Owensboro Dance Theatre Inc.
2705 Breckenridge St.
Owensboro, KY 42303
www.owensborodancetheatre.org

July 11-1 and July 18-22
9 a.m.-noon
Ages: 3-7
$125

Participants will enjoy dance, crafts, costuming, snacks, stage make-up, water games and more. Special days include Bubbles, Bouncy and Water Games Tuesday, The Belle's & Beast’s Tea Party on Wednesday and Red Carpet Showcase on Friday.

June 28-30
10-11:30 a.m.
Ages: 6-18
Free

The Rising Stars program is unique to the Kentucky area providing dance in a fun and therapeutic way for those with special needs and physical disabilities.This camp will feature dance, creative activities, stretching and strengthening, costume play and a performance at the end.

June 27-28
9 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Ages: 5-12
Free

L.E.A.N. - Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, Nutrition Dance Movement Program - A fun and great way to learn about eating healthier and how to move your body through dance. Learn how food can help your body grow healthier and stronger and learn different styles of dance.

Every Wednesday starting June 19-July 19
10-11 a.m.
Ages: 18 and up
Free

Dance for Wellness camp is offered for free and is open to any individuals with a mobility-limiting condition, including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy and others. Caregivers and family members also are encouraged to attend the class. Classes are designed to incorporate all ability levels and are adaptable to your needs. Classes are structured from training with Brooklyn, New York’s Dance for PD program, focusing on the beneficial qualities of dance and artistic experiences for people with Parkinson's Disease. Each class will be followed by a short social period with refreshments.

 


 

Fayette

Explorium of Lexington
440 West Short St.
Lexington, KY 40507
www.explorium.com

June 5-9
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years - fifth grade
Free

Meet heroes from around Lexington, including Big L from the Lexington Legends, veterinarians from Banfield Pet Hospital and learn about police officers and firefighters who protect us every day! Full- and half-day options available.

June 12-16
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years - fifth grade
Free

Learn Grossology and discover how the human body works, how everyday household items can create fun, chemical messes, and more as we conduct “gross" experiments in this week's camp.

June 19-23
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years - fifth grade
Free

Ever wanted to talk like a pirate, walk the plank or learn about ocean life? This camp is for you! Join us as we explore life on (and below) the high seas. Full- and half-day options available.

June 26-30
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years - fifth grade
Free

Does hiding in the bathtub during a tornado really work? This week – as we conduct experiments to test ideas we've all heard. You'll enjoy this myth-busting week. Full- and half-day options available.

July 5-7
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years - fifth grade
Free

Explore historic and modern sports and even invent your own during Explorium Olympics! (Please note this is a three-day camp.) Full- and half-day options available.

July 10-14
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years - fifth grade
Free

Travel around the world in just a few days! Learn about other cultures and countries as we jet around earth! Full- and half-day options available.

July 17-21
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years -fifth grade
Free

Perfect for your young engineer or architect, this camp will focus on building strong structures. Join us as we test out our building on an earthquake table and learn about the key to constructing a successful bridge. Full- and half-day options available.

July 24-28
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years - 5th grade
Free

Explore nature without ever leaving the Museum! We will examine real life insects and animals, construct emergency structures and discover the world around us.

July 31- Aug. 4
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years - fifth grade
Free

Dig up some dino bones with us and explore what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth in our Fancy Fossils camp. Full- and half-day options available.

August 7-11
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: 3 years - fifth grade
Free

Brush up on your detective skills (and brush up some fingerprints) as we learn what it takes to be a real life crime stopper! Full- and half-day options available.

 

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507
http://carneigiecenterlex.org

July 10-14
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Grades: 6-8
Free

Legal Eagles: Court's in Session; Instructor Christine de Briffault, Esq. Want an up close look at the criminal process? Learn how a case develops from start to finish? See if you are ready for a real-life “Law & Order?” In this court-themed camp, you will learn facts about a case on Monday, and by the end of the week, you’ll try the case in court in front of your family and friends. Along the way, you will see real-life local courts in action! To register visit: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-and-family/camp-carnegie-2017/

July 10-14
1-5 p.m.
Grades: 6-8
Free

Young Engineers Instructor: Hannah Paine, science teacher - Not all scientists are created equal. How might you use your wit and creativity to solve unique challenges with limited supplies and time? Using NASA’s Engineering Design Process, you and your team will explore multiple engineering challenges. Throughout the week, you will improve your designs and take part in exciting engineering competitions against other teams! To register, visit: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-and-family/camp-carnegie-2017/

July 17-21
8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-8
Free

Radio & Podcasting Instructor: Chuck Clenney, Lexington Community Radio - Do you love to listen to radio shows and podcasts? Want to record your own? Learn how to tell stories and produce your own radio show and podcast. You’ll learn tips and techniques for structuring a radio program that will end up on the radio. This camp offers the opportunity to express yourself through the magic of radio and a chance to get on the mic! To register, visit: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-and-family/camp-carnegie-2017/

July 17- 21
1-5 p.m.
Grades: 6-8
Free

Zines - Instructor: Lizz Hamilton, Lexington-based artistZines are small indie magazines used to tell stories, convey ideas, and express oneself in a variety of ways. Join us to explore bookmaking forms, collage, and layout techniques, eventually making your own zines. The week will culminate in a zine exchange, where you will swap books with fellow campers, and in turn, build your own zine library! To register, visit: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-and-family/camp-carnegie-2017/

July 24-28
8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-8
Free

Top Chef: What's Cooking? Instructor: Sara Talbott, UK Human Environmental Sciences Join us for a week of learning the basics of cooking! We will explore nutrition, recipe writing and menu planning. We will also talk about gardening, learn the importance of knowing where our food comes from and visit the Lexington Farmers Market. At the end of the week, we will compete in our very own top chef challenge! To register, visit: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-and-family/camp-carnegie-2017/

July 24-28
1-5 p.m.
Grades: 6-8
Free

Movie Making 101 - Instructor: Tracy Morris, Bricks 4 Kidz Lights, cameras, action! Use LEGO bricks to tell your story, complete with music, special effects and characters! In this creative camp, you will plan, script, stage, shoot and produce your own mini-movie using stop motion animation. Working as a team, you’ll use LEGO components to build the set and props, and then shoot your movie. Using movie-making software, you’ll add special effects, titles, credits and more. When the movie is complete, you’ll impress your friends and family with a screening party! To register, visit: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-and-family/camp-carnegie-2017/

 

Lexington Children's Theatre
418 W. Short St.
Lexington, KY 40507
www.lctonstage.org

Monday through Friday May 30 – Aug. 11
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ages: 4-18
Free

Lexington Children's Theatre offers summer classes for participants ages 4-18. Students learn the fundamentals of theater through drama, art, dance and music.

First Stage Players (ages 4-5) work to bring a story to life by using their imaginations.
Play Makers (ages 6-7) create their own story from a theme or source material.
Performance Workshop (ages 8-18) Everyone gets a part and works to mount a production each week.
Musical Theatre Revue (ages 8-16) Sing, dance and act your way to stardom.

Come join us and ignite your creativity!!
www.lctonstage.org/theatre-school/summer-theatre-school/

 

Headley-Whitney Museum of Art
4435 Old Frankfort Pike
Lexington, KY 40510
www.headley-whitney.org

July 5
1-3 p.m.
Ages: 5 and up
$10

Portrait Day - Bring your camera or camera phone to explore the museum and create portraits of yourself and participants. Dig through our props for some extra spunk in your photograph.

July 12
1-3 p.m.
Ages: 5 and up
$10

Printmaking - Learn a variety of printmaking techniques and have art to decorate your home.

July 19
1-3 p.m.
Ages: 5 and up
$10

Bring clothes old and new to decorate with tie-dye. We will teach tecniques and provide supplies.

July 26
1-3 p.m.
Ages: 5 and up
$10

Create art through the movements. Learn about the art movements and create a variety of art inspired by selected artists.

 

Lexington Ballet
161 N. Mill St.
Lexington, KY 40507
http://lexingtonballet.org

The Lexington Ballet provides expert ballet instructions for all ages in the summer. Directed by Nancy Dominguez, the school staff includes nationally recognized professional dancers for all class levels. There are one-week intensive programs and weekly open classes for all ages and levels. Classes for 2017:

July 11-15, July 18-22 and July 25-29
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: 5-11
$230 per week
Extended Care Available until 5 p.m.

June 12-16 and June 19-23
9 a.m.-noon
Ages: 7-10
$155 per week

June 5-9, June 12-16 and June 19-23
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ages: 11 and up
$330 per week

July 10-14
5 - 9 p.m.
Ages: 18 and up
$240 per week

Saturdays, May-July
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Ages: 3-4
$15 per class or $120 for 10 classes

Saturdays, May-July
10-11 a.m.
Ages: 5-6
$15 per class or $120 for 10 classes

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, May-June
4:30-6 p.m.
Ages: 11 and up
$15 per class or $120 for 10 classes

Tuesday/Wednesday, May-July
6-7:30pm.
Ages: 11 and up
$15 per class or $120 for 10 classes

August 14-18
5-7 p.m.
Ages: 11 and up
$125

 


 

Franklin

Save the Grand Theatre
312 W. Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org

June 19-23
9 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Ages: 8-18
$175

A weeklong theater performance workshop held at the Grand Theatre. - The camp will use a selected script with the Lexington Children’s Theatre teachers and interns managing the program. Participants will improve their acting and performing skills with classes in acting, improvisation, voice and movement. Each class will have a short presentation at the end of the week. We invite your family and friends to join us for the presentation. Call (502)352-7469 to register.

 

Kentucky Shakespeare
202 Wilkinson St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
www.kyshakespeare.com

June 5-16
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: 7-15
$375

Camp Shakespeare at Liberty Hall creates opportunities for children and teens ages 7-15 to explore the theater arts through imaginative play, visual arts, movement, storytelling, language and more! This session lasts for two weeks and is an amazing collaboration with the wonderful history and resources of Liberty Hall. Content is customized to suit our satellite location. You can find out more information and register online at http://campshakespeare.squarespace.com.

 


 

Henderson

Henderson Area Arts Alliance
2660 S. Green St.
Henderson, KY 42420
www.haaa.org

June 12-17
Auditions: June 12 10 a.m.
Grades: 1-12
Free

Gulliver's Travels will be the 2017 summer production. The Missoula Children's Theatre (from Missoula, Mont.) touring productions are complete with full sets, costumes and make up and give our local youth a great opportunity to explore the magical world of the theater. MCT will conduct rehearsals through the week Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with performance held on June 17 at 3 p.m.

 


 

Jefferson

Portland Museum
2308 Portland Ave.
Louisville, KY 40214
http://goportland.org

June 12-17 and July 10-14
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grades: 5-9
$150

Young Preservationists will work with archaeologists, artists, conservationists, restoration carpenters and museum staff to explore the preservation and restoration of the 1819 timber-framed Squire Earick House. Participants will learn preservation techniques and processes that are being used to study, understand and restore this important part of Louisville’s history.

June 5-16 and June 19-30
10 a.m.-noon
Grades: 3-5
$25

The Portland Museum’s two-week summer iRead program develops the reading skills of children of all reading levels. Led by a trained reading instructor who provides instruction geared to the child’s individual abilities, participants receive reading-level recommendations, one-on-one mentoring, supplemental educational activities and daily snacks in a supportive environment with friends.

 

Kentucky Shakespeare
323 W. Broadway
Suite 401
Louisville, KY 40202
http://kyshakespeare.com

June 12-July 21
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: 4-18
Free

Camp Shakespeare creates opportunities for children and teens ages 4-18 to explore the theater arts through imaginative play, visual arts, movement, storytelling, language and more! Sessions vary in length and price is based on camper age. You can find out more information and register online at http://campshakespeare.squarespace.com.

June 19-30
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: 7-15
$295

Camp Shakespeare at The Clifton Center creates opportunities for children and teens ages 7-15 to explore the theater arts through imaginative play, visual arts, movement, storytelling, language and more! This session lasts for two weeks and will be split into groups based on camper age. Content is customized to suit our satellite location. You can find out more information and register online at http://campshakespeare.squarespace.com.

June 5-9
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: 7-15
$195

Camp Shakespeare at Historic Locust Grove creates opportunities for children and teens ages 7-15 to explore the theater arts through imaginative play, visual arts, movement, storytelling, language and more! This session lasts for one week and is an amazing collaboration with the wonderful history and resources of Locust Grove. Content is customized to suit our satellite location. You can find out more information and register online at: http://campshakespeare.squarespace.com.

 

The Louisville Ballet School
315 E. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
www.louisvilleballet.org/DanceSchool/summer-semester-programs/

June 19-23
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: 6-14
$300

Join us for Dance Camp! This one-week program is open to all skill levels! No previous dance experience required! Students will be introduced to a wide variety of arts programming including ballet, hip hop, kid yoga, cultural dance, visual arts and music. The program will culminate in a final performance for friends and family on June 23, 5:15 p.m. Before and after care is available. Drop-off from 8:45-9:55 a.m. and pick up from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Various sessions available between June 5-Aug. 3. Visit http://louisvilleballetschool.org for specific session dates and times. Full-day, half-day and evening programs available.

The Louisville Ballet School Summer Semester offers programs for those just beginning their dance journey and for those who have a growing passion for dance. We’ve expanded our programming this summer, so you are sure to find the perfect program for you!

 


 

Kenton

The Carnegie
1028 Scott Blvd.
Covington, KY 41011
www.thecarnegie.com

Weekly Camps
June 5-14
June 7-16
June 19-28
June 21-30
July 10-19
July 24-28
July 26-Aug. 4


1-5 p.m.
Ages: 7-15
$60

Camp Carnegie is back for another summer of theater, art and education. Students will follow a hero’s journey as they struggle to triumph over their fears during Camp Carnegie: The Hero in Us All.

Camp Carnegie: The Hero in Us All will allow students the opportunity to examine what it takes to be courageous as they develop characters, devise plot lines and share their stories of bravery live on stage.

 


 

McCracken

Paducah Symphony Summer Music Camp
760 Broadway
Paducah, KY 42001
http://PaducahSymphony.org

June 19-23
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Grades: 4-12
$175

High school orchestra, high school jazz band, high school choir, middle school band, middle school choir, junior strings and beginning strings.Electives: piano, theory, composition, drum circle, fiddle/guitar, improvisation and beginning guitar.

 


 

Warren

Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center
601 College St.
Bowling Green, KY 42104
http://theskypac.com

June 12-17
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grades: 1-12
Free

Compass Creative Dramatics Presents: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.“ Adapted from the story by Lewis Carroll. When she wakes from her tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice can't believe her eyes: conversations with a caterpillar, races with dodos, and a picnic thrown by a mad court of playing cards turn Alice's world on its head. Uncertain of her place in this foreign world of shrinking potions and never-ending tea parties, Alice confides in a wise Cheshire Cat, who helps her discover that it's not where we go in the world, but the things we do there that define us.

July 10-15
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grades: 1-12
Free

Compass Creative Dramatics Presents “Peas & Harmony” The Princess and the Pea Remixed, Adapted from the short story by Hans Christian Andersen.The trumpets blare, and with them come swashbuckling jesters, dancing peas, a pompous royal entourage and a zany collection of other delightful kingdom characters! Everyone's at odds when the time comes for the comic book-loving prince to find the right girl among a gaggle of silly princesses. “Peas & Harmony” is a quirky retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's “The Princess & The Pea,” in which showing respect might just pave the road to happily ever after!

July 17-21
9 a.m.-noon (ages 8-10); 2-5 p.m. (ages 11-16)
Ages: 8-16
Free

International Magician of the Year Kevin Spencer teaches campers how to perform incredible magic tricks with everyday objects. This week-long, half-day camp combines learning magic tricks with storytelling, music, theater and creative movement. Through the art of magic, campers will explore their curiosity, develop their magical creativity and discover new confidence. Campers will learn to perform tricks using ropes, cards, rubber bands, paper clips, and how to create a big illusion. Campers will also learn how to select music and write a script to go along with their tricks. When camp concludes at the end of the week, campers will perform a live show for family and friends that is sure to baffle and amaze them all! teaches campers how to perform incredible magic tricks with everyday objects. This week-long, half-day camp combines learning magic tricks with storytelling, music, theater and creative movement. Through the art of magic, campers will explore their curiosity, develop their magical creativity and discover new confidence. Campers will learn to perform tricks using ropes, cards, rubber bands, paper clips, and how to create a big illusion. Campers will also learn how to select music and write a script to go along with their tricks. When camp concludes at the end of the week, campers will perform a live show for family and friends that is sure to baffle and amaze them all!

 

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