From our friends at 360 Arts Camp

Since 1993, Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. Kids camp has given kids ages 6 to 12 a chance to be immersed in visual arts, music, theater, and dance Monday through Friday.  This is 360 Arts Education!

Campers Ages 6-9

Lesson plans for younger campers focus on encouraging natural creativity, fearlessness, and gifts. ¬†Younger campers are often paired with Intern helpers who can help to ignite confidence and assist with reading or writing. However, our ability to provide “hands-on” assistance is limited due to COVID-19.

Campers Ages 10-12

Lesson plans for older campers allow for the opportunity to explore and collaborate with peers.  Older campers create more complex artistic projects, try new things, and showcase their unique talents and gifts.

All campers are expected to follow instruction, participate, collaborate with others, read and write, and be respectful self-managers.  The overall lesson plans and daily goals for creation for both age groups are similar, with age-appropriate challenge-level to keep the artistic spark alive.

Multicultural Artists

On Friday of each camp, we work with different multicultural artists to perform and workshop with our campers.

The Venue

World Forestry Center Central Plaza & Cheatham Hall, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Our previous venues, the Newmark Theatre and Northwest Academy, remain closed this summer. We selected the World Forestry Center because of its convenient location off Highway 26, across the zoo’s parking lot, and a few steps from the Max station.  

Camp will be located at the tented outdoor Central Plaza and in Cheatham Hall, which offer ample space for socially distancing and creation. Campers will be indoors and outdoors throughout the day and provided with outdoor mask breaks. Campers will be in age and skill-based pods.

Access to the Arts for All Kids!

We believe in the vital importance of arts education in self-confidence, wellbeing, and social inclusion.  Therefore, we offer scholarships for children to attend 360 Arts Camp. Scholarships are awarded based on camper loads and will be reviewed and awarded by 4/30/2021.  It is highly recommended to submit as soon as possible. To see if you qualify, and to complete the application, click here.

What Happens at 360 Arts Camp?

Campers arrive between 8:45 am and 9 am and participate in fun warm-up exercises and receive the schedule for the day.  Monday through Thursday, campers create art in two disciplines (visual arts and music, for instance) in the morning and two in the afternoon (theater and dance, for instance). The order of the disciplines alternates each day.

On Fridays, campers utilize the skills and creations they have made throughout the week to create a group performance, incorporating lessons learned from our multicultural guest artists. Therefore, attendance each day is important.

Camp ends at 3:58 pm with a prompt at 4 pm pickup.

The Faculty

Each of our faculty members is a trained artist and educator in their respective visual arts, music, theater and dance disciplines. Many will be returning to our camp, having been a part of it for years.

The Interns – Kids Ages 13-18

We have opportunities for older kids who would like to participate and earn valuable volunteer experience. These incredible teenagers, who proudly wear the green t-shirts, are usually former campers, have the opportunity to supervise, create art, and work directly to inspire younger kids.

Kids ages 13 are considered “Junior Interns” and must attend as a paid camper “Intern in Training” for at least one week before starting as an Intern.  

A few Intern positions for kids 14-18 are available. To apply to be an Intern, for those 14-18, click here.

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