Edmonds Center for the Arts Announces 2016 Summer Arts Enrichment Camps

Registration is now open for ECA’s 2016 Summer Arts Enrichment Camps. Designed for students from ages 7-15, Summer Arts Enrichment Camps create opportunities for young people to work directly with professional artists. Organized in partnership with local and regional arts organizations, camps are one-week long and meet daily from 9:00am-3:00pm on the ECA campus.

Back by popular demand this year are camps with Seattle Shakespeare Company (Hamlet Acting & Combat Camp, July 11-15) and Book-It Repertory Theatre (“Investigate, Adapt, Act!”, July 17-22). In Hamlet Acting & Combat Camp, students ages 11-15 will dive into one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, reading scenes and practicing acting techniques to bring these characters to the stage. They will also learn improv games to hone their acting skills, and will practice stage combat to bring the duels of this tragedy to life! Book-It Repertory Theatre’s “Investigate, Adapt, Act!” will see youth ages 7-11 dig into the juicy parts of a story – characters, setting, sequence, point of view – then take it apart and put it together again as a script to act out on stage for family and friends. 

New in 2016, ECA will present Rockin’ Rhythms Marimba Camp (July 25-29). In this hands-on music camp led by veteran music teacher Teresa Catford, kids will learn to play melodies, harmonies and fun rhythms, as well as how to keep time on a variety of marimbas, hand percussion and drums. Campers will learn by ear through a humorous, kid-centered approach and explore the elements of music through interactive movement and community-building drum circle games. The special connection between the Pacific Northwest and Zimbabwean marimba music will also be explored. No experience necessary, and all skill levels welcome.

Finally, ECA is proud to organize its 3rd Annual Hawaiian & Polynesian Cultural Camp (August 1-5), in collaboration with Kumu Krista Moanikeʻalanālehua Espiritu of Hula O Lehualani and teaching artist Daniel Pak. Students will take ukulele and hula lessons throughout the week, as well as explore Hawaii and its Polynesian "cousin" cultures through song, games and cultural arts to include Tahitian drumming and dance. Thanks to a generous grant in 2014 from the Harrington-Schiff Foundation, students participating in Hawaiian & Polynesian Cultural Camp will have free access to a ukulele for the duration of the program.

Summer Arts Enrichment Camps are $250 per student per weekECA is proud to offer summer camp scholarships, based on students’ eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price Meal programs. For more information about scholarships and an application, contact Gillian Jones, ECA’s Director of Programming, at gillian@ec4arts.org or 425.275.9483. To register for Summer Arts Enrichment Camps, visit www.ec4arts.org or contact the ECA Box Office by phone at 425.275.9595. Before and after-camp care is available through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Edmonds. Please contact the Boys & Girls Club directly at 425.774.0630 to reserve your child’s space in this program. 

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington. Housed in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and Education & Outreach programs.

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