July 9-13 & 16-20, 2012
9am-4pm, Monday through Friday
Cost: A bargain at this year’s special price of only $200 a week or $310 for two weeks if you register by May 18, 2012!

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MetroArts Kids Camp is sponsored by the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation and MetroArts. 

Now in its 20th year, MetroArts Kids Camp gives 7-12 year olds a chance to experience all the arts – music, dance, theater, and visual arts – for one or two weeks at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Kids crank up their creativity through hands-on activities involving each art form and also enjoy live performances, video demonstrations, and classes taught by professional musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists. Each week’s activities culminate with the Friday Project (see below). The camp is directed by grammy-nominated Artistic Director Niel DePonte, Oregon Symphony principal percussionist, Oregon Ballet Theater Conductor, and arts educator.

Music and visual arts classes sponsored by Harold & Arlene Schintzer Care Foundation. Dance and theater classes sponsored by MetroArts Inc.

What’s a Day at Camp Like?
Campers meet in the morning on the stage of the Newmark Theatre and are introduced to the key creative words of the day. They also connect with each other by playing theater games. Then it’s off to the first creative experience of the day in music, theater, dance or art! The children work on stage in the Newmark Theater, the Winningstad Theater and all the spaces of PCPA. Throughout the week each camper invents a work in all of the art forms. Whether it’s their own steps to a dance, a unique piece of visual art, a personal rendition of a theater “game”, or a special rhythmic idea in music, every class offers each camper the chance for self-expression. And at the end of the day, the campers share their ideas and accomplishments with each other and the faculty.

9:00 am-Noon

Students become choreographers, painters, composers, and playwriters. Through singing, movement, acting, drawing and other arts-related activities, they’ll create a new work of art daily.

Noon-12:30 pm

B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch)


12:30-4:00 pm

Student teams refine their newly created plays, dances, musical compositions and artwork, then use the performance skills learned that morning to present their works.


The Friday Project
The camper’s week climaxes with The Friday Project. It is a full day of working with multi-disciplinary creative processes that culminate into a “performance”. The performance is a demonstration of those processes at work and not meant to be a polished performance, but it is entertaining and clearly demonstrates the campers’ understandings of the processes used during its composition. The Friday Project always involves a guest artist or group who first perform for the campers and then teach them basic elements of their art form which are to be incorporated into the final performance. It is challenging work for a one-day project, but it is incredibly powerful for campers and parents alike as they see creative thinking “on the hoof!”