Hands Together, Heart to Art™
Celebrating the healing power of creative play!™

The Auditorium Theatre is proud to have just finished up the 13th season of our award-winning summer camp, Hands Together, Heart to Art! This unique camp brings together children between the ages of 7 and 14 who have experienced the death of a parent to encourage the healing power of creative play.

Through the exploration and creation of dance, theatre, and music, Hands Together, Heart to Art inspires communication and collaboration, fosters emotional growth, and provides the consolation of friendship and compassion. Through interaction with young people who have experienced a similar loss, campers understand they are not alone.

Small group creative activities are facilitated by professional healing counselors, providing campers a safe time and place to express and share their feelings with peers. There are also counselors on site throughout the duration of camp.

Sponsorship keeps cost low

While our expenses exceed $900 per camper, sponsorship allows us to keep tuition at $50 per child – just $5 a day! The generous support of our sponsors also enables us to provide free snacks and bottled water throughout the day, free daily lunch for all campers, and allows us to offer full camp scholarships for those in need.

We are committed to assisting all families in participating in HTHTA, regardless of their financial situation. Learn More

Pre-register for 2018 HERE!

2018 HTHTA Dates:
  • Session 1: July 9-20, 2018
  • Session 2: July 23 – August 3, 2018

2018 brochures coming soon!

Apply To Be A Junior Counselor!

Applications are now being accepted for the 13th annual Hands Together, Heart to Art Junior Counselor Leadership Program! The Junior Counselor Leadership Program is exclusively for former HTHTA campers (ages 15-18) who are ready for the next chapter of camp. Apply Now!

Hands Together, Heart to Art™ is made possible through generous support from our Major Sponsors:

Efroymson Family Fund, Linda and James J. Mitchell Endowment, Illinois Arts Council Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Lauri S. Bauer Foundation For Sudden Loss, Auditorium Theatre Auxiliary Board, Andrew and Alice Fischer Charitable Trust, Chicago Cabaret Professionals, and The Grainger Foundation.

Additional camp support provided by Taxman Family Foundation, M & J Kennelly Foundation, the Ivanhoe Theater Foundation, and from many individual donors.