Cultural Camps 2020

Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Each one or two-week session is a fun and in-depth exploration of the arts and culture of a country. Depending on age and interest, students will choose a performing or visual arts track. Each two week session culminates in a camp exhibition and performance on the last Friday at 1:30pm. Cultural Camps run from 9:00am – 3:00pm with early drop off beginning at 8:00 AM. DAC provides a fresh fruit snack. If your camper has food allergies to fruit, please pack a snack. Please pack your campers a lunch (no refrigerator or microwave available).

9:00am – 3:00pm (Drop-off begins at 8:00am)

Two Week Camps (Session A, C, D): $360 ($340 per additional child of same household)
One Week Camp (Session B): $180 ($170 per additional child of same household)

For Cultural Camps, choose your arts track based on the campers age and interest.
Age 5 & 6: Creative Kids – For Rising K and 6 year olds, this camp offers storytelling, dance, music and fun age appropriate art activities for our youngest campers.
For ages 7-13 – Choose between a visual or performing arts track.
Visual Track Classes include: Painting, Clay, Mixed Media
Performing Arts Track Classes include: Dance, Theater, Chorus

Session A: Brilliant Burundi, June 15-26 (2 weeks)
Session B: Journey to Japan, July 6-10 (1 week)
Session C: Fashionable Finland, July 13-24 (2 weeks)
Session D: Terrific Trinidad and Tobago, July 27-August 7 (2 weeks)

Afternoon Adventures
Need a full day? Add the Afternoon Adventures program from 3:00 – 5:30 PM
Afternoon Adventures includes visits by extra special artists and performers as well as field trips to fun cultural destinations.
One Week: $70 ($65 per additional child of same household)

(To Register for summer camp you will need to select the program group “Summer Camp 2019” before searching. To register for a full week of Afternoon Adventures click “bundles” before searching.)


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Session Descriptions

Session A: Brilliant Burundi
Burundi is a small country in Central-East Africa with a unique storytelling culture grown from tradition and the influence of neighboring countries. The traditional drumming style of karyenda is an important part of Burundian cultural heritage. Dances often accompany the drumming, which is performed at celebrations and family gatherings. Burundi has a strong tradition of relaying history and life lessons through storytelling, poetry, and song. Visual art in this country is richly colorful and includes ceramics, basketry, beadwork, and papyrus panels.  Some Burundian artisans even have special songs to accompany different stages of their work. Come dive into Burundi’s fascinating culture!

Session B: Journey to Japan
After centuries of instability and war, The Tokugawa shogunate (a feudal military
government) gained control of Japan in 1603 with a commitment to bring peace and stability to the country. This period became known as the Edo Period and was characterized by extremely strict policies and codes of behavior. Japan was closed off to foreigners and the influence of their cultures, which not only meant that art flourished as a form of escapism, but also that indigenous art forms and traditional methods were practiced and refined without outside influence. Some of these varied art forms were woodblock printing, screen painting, kabuki theater, intricate garden design, and porcelain ceramic making. Come learn about this creative era in Japan!

Session C: Fashionable Finland
Because of its history and geographic location Finland’s culture has been influenced by adjacent areas, various Finnic and Baltic peoples, as well as the former dominant powers of Sweden and Russia. There is an ideal in Finland of self-sufficiency and many Finnish people live a very rural life. Many Finns are emotionally connected to the countryside and nature, and Finnish art strongly reflects this relationship. This is relationship is also reflected in fashion which is designed with simplicity and sustainability in mind. Come explore Finland’s expansive geography home to reindeer and snowy owls.

Session D: Terrific Trinidad and Tobago
The culture of the Island Nation of Trinidad and Tobago reflects the influence of European, African, Indian, Spanish, and Arab traditions.  Historical membership in the British Empire also left a major influence on the country. It is the birthplace of calypso music and the steelpan. Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for its annual Carnival season, when the islands come alive with energetic music, spectacular colorful costumes, and celebration! Join in the carnival fun with us!