ArtWorks, The Well and Wave Pool, have teamed up again with more than 40 Greater Cincinnati artists and organizations to extend Camp cARTwheel, a virtual arts and culture kids camp program, into the 2020-2021 school year with after-school and Saturday programs beginning November 2, 2020. Registration is now open until through October 15, 2020.
“The feedback from summer campers, families, artists and art organizations, ArtWorks youth apprentices and our community partners made it clear that we need to continue Camp cARTwheel into this challenging school year to continue to foster creativity, play, empathy and connection,” said Stacy Sims, founder of The Well.
At the heart of Camp cARTwheel are camp kits that include art-making activities and supplies. From dance to mindfulness, from social justice to art in action, camp kits provide a wide diversity in experiences from Greater Cincinnati’s exceptional art organizations and artists.
Camp cARTwheel is for children 6-12 years old. There are several affordable options from which to choose. Options include from free access to Camp cARTwheel web channel to $30 per camp kit for social service and arts organizations serving groups of youth; $60 for a self-guided experience; and up to $120 for 6 to 12 after-school or Saturday sessions.
ArtWorks youth apprentice artists will work with Julia Lipovsky, a multidisciplinary artist and community educator living and working in Cincinnati, as Camp Cartwheel virtual counselors. Area artists and representatives from collaborating organizations will be featured on the camp channel and as guests at the virtual camps. Camp kits will be assembled by Wave Pool’s Camp Washington maker community who are out of work or lost work due to COVID-19.
“We are so grateful to ArtsWave, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, our summer camp families and art partners and artists who made the pilot possible and a true delight,” Lipovsky said. “We hope to see everyone back with us for the fall, with new collaborations and activities added.”
The artists involved with Camp cARTwheel’s inaugural session recommend the program.
“Camp Cartwheel was a great way to get exposure into the professional art world,” said Maya Holtzman, ArtWorks youth apprentice. “Being able to learn from many different artists was a great way to offer a safe, creative space for kids to have during this pandemic. It is uplifting to see the impact that camp has on the kids every day, and it is a fun and creative way to teach kids about what it means to be an artist. Aside from learning about art, the campers learned about emotions and mindfulness, which are both important to learn about at a young age. I am grateful to be able to watch the kids grow and learn as artists and to be able to see their personalities reflected in their art.”
Parents of campers involved also recommend Camp cARTwheel.
“My daughter was interested the entire time and really felt involved,” a parent wrote. “She completed all the projects and was excited to show them to us. A lot of that success rests on the preparation and engagement level of the apprentices.”
The summer’s participating arts organizations included Art Academy of Cincinnati, ART HAGS, Art on the Streets, Cincinnati Museum Center, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Center, DanceFix Kids, Democracy & Me from WVXU, Indigo Hippo, Praise Ekeng and Ijo Ugo Performing Arts, Taft Museum of Art, Siri Imani from TRIIIBE, Visionaries + Voices, WordPlay and the Wyoming Fine Arts Center. The list is being finalized for the fall.
For parent registration and for more information, visit Camp cARTwheel’s registration page at support.artworkscincinnati.org/campfall2020. For organizations interested in purchasing kits at a reduced rate, contact Stacy Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Camp cARTwheel’s nonprofit order form.
ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization creates jobs for youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, providing competitive 21st-century career-readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed more than 3,600 youth and 3,200 creative professionals, and the organization has completed more than 12,500 public and private art projects that include 190 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. Learn more at ArtWorksCincinnati.org.
About Wave Pool
Wave Pool pairs communities’ knowledge of their needs with artists’ sense of possibility. They are best known for initiating and supporting artist driven creative place-making projects and exhibiting work that stretches beyond gallery walls through interactive projects that proactively help their neighbors. They often work with partner organizations to tackle tough problems through asset-based development and center artist-driven solutions. Learn more at wavepoolgallery.org
About The Well
The programs of The Well, including Mindful Music Moments, City Silence and True Body Project, elegantly combine aspects of mindfulness, arts, social-emotional learning, play, movement and poetry into practices for regular use within schools, hospitals, and communities. We love collaboration so our best work is with others and we are delighted to partner with world-class arts, social service, education and health care providers. Learn more at TheWell.World.