Ivy Tech offers youth summer camps in art, theatre, entrepreneurship and more


June 11, 2012

Ivy Tech offers youth summer camps in art, theatre, entrepreneurship and more

Ivy Tech-Bloomington is offering summer camps for youth ranging in age from pre-school to grade 11, and registration is open. Camps are offered in arts (Ivy Arts for Kids), theatre (Ivy Tech/BPP Youth Education), entrepreneurship (Ivy Biz for Kids), and a myriad of other topics (College for Kids).

“Any summer camp can provide arts and crafts, or cast you in a play,” says Jeffery Allen, Assistant Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning. “Our programs are unique because they emphasize the learning and creative processes. In an era where business leaders are looking for a flexible, creative workforce, early creative experience is important.”

College for Kids

The College for Kids program is a summer day camp for children in partnership with Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s Kid City. Classes in a wide variety of topics in the morning are geared toward learning, while Kid City activities in the afternoon get kids up and moving. Upcoming one-week sessions begin June 18, and June 25.

Two unique College for Kids classes offered this year are News at 10 and Recording Star. News at 10 will teach young people everything they need to know to produce a TV news magazine. Recording Star will take youth to a professional recording studio to learn the ins and outs of producing a hit record —recording, editing, promotion, and everything in-between.

Ivy Tech/BPP Youth Theatre Education

Theatre camps for youth in grades K-11 run June – August at the Bloomington Playwrights project. Space is still available in DramatiCATS (Grades 2-6), Girls Camp of Rock (Grades 2-6 and 3-7), and Youth Musical Theatre Ensemble (Grades 4-11). Camps are 9am-4pm.

“What makes our camps special is that they’re not only fun, but they’re also packed with useful life skills that campers carry away with them,” says Chad Rabinovitz, BPP Artistic Director. “Each one of our programs focuses on the two ‘C’s’ of art:  choices and collaboration. Learning to collaborate with others to make their own choices is a life skill that kids will keep.”

Youth Musical Theatre Ensemble, which runs July 9-August 3, is a unique summer camp for youth in grades 4-11 who have a passion for the stage. In this 4-week theatrical experience, campers will write, produce, and perform an original musical, culminating in a series of public performances. This camp includes a rigorous rehearsal schedule, collaboration with theatre professionals, and a mid-camp cabaret night to give members an exciting window into the demands and rewards of a life in theatre.

Ivy Arts for Kids

Ivy Arts for Kids offers visual art classes for youth in grades K-5 at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Classes incorporate painting, mixed media collage, papier maché and ceramics. Instructors are working professional artists in their field. Participants may register for morning (9am – noon), afternoon (1 – 4pm), or both in each 2-week session. The first session begins June 18 and last session begins July 30.

Ivy Biz for Kids

Ivy Biz for Kids offers one-week summer camps to help young entrepreneurs translate their business ideas from concepts to reality through project-based activities. Space is still available in a music recording camp called “Entrepalooza!” for students in grades 9-11, which runs June 18-22. Ivy Biz for Kids is hosted by the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington.

For youth summer camp dates, costs, and descriptions, visit www.ivytech.edu/cll/youth.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.