Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Hearts to Art? Hearts to Art is an annual summer camp designed for young people 7-14 years old who have experienced the death of one or more parents.

When is camp? Hearts to Art holds two sessions over the summer, the first for ages 7-10 and the second for ages 11-14. Each Session runs for two weeks.

Session 1 (ages 7-10/entering grades 2-5) July 12-23, 2021
Session 2 (ages 11-14/entering grades 6-9) July 26-August 6, 2021

What is the cost of Hearts to Art?  We are thrilled that Hearts to Art will be offered at no cost to our camp families!

Will camp be held in-person in 2021?  Our hope is to hold camp in person for 2021, but after the successful reimagined camp-at-home of last year, we know without a doubt that new and returning campers will be acting, singing, dancing and healing again in summer 2021 – no matter the form we take. As always, we will keep in close contact with our 2021 camp families as decisions are made.

How long has Hearts to Art been running? Hearts to Art started in 2005. In 2021, we will celebrate our 17th camp.

Does Hearts to Art accept children experiencing non-parental loss, like a sibling or grandparent? Hearts to Art specializes in working with children who have experienced the loss of a parent. Please explore our additional resources for other programs and camps that may be better suited to your child’s needs.

How many campers will be accepted? Enrollment is limited to 45 campers per session. Campers will be grouped by age. Each session will offer age-appropriate programming.

What is achieved at Hearts to Art? Using several different areas of the performing arts, Hearts to Art encourages communication, fosters emotional growth, and provides friendship, compassion, and community. Camp activities encourage team building, self-esteem, consciousness, and problem-solving. Through interaction with other children who have experienced a similar loss, campers understand that they are not alone.

What are some camp activities? Hearts to Art is a performing arts camp, meaning that each day campers work in developing skills in acting, movement, improvisation, singing, and more through fun and exciting classes. Additionally, small group healing sessions and our guest speaker sessions provide campers with the opportunity to share about their loss, if they choose to do so. Campers also rehearse and stage a final showcase performance.

Does my camper have an opportunity to talk about their loss? Small group creative activities are facilitated by professional healing counselors. This provides campers a safe time and place to express and share their feelings with peers. There are a Small group creative activities are facilitated by professional healing counselors. This provides campers a safe time and place to express and share their feelings with peers.

Does Hearts to Art have a program for teens? Our Junior Counselor program is designed for previous campers ages 15-18 who want to remain connected and give back to camp.

Is Hearts to Art a suitable environment for a child with special needs? While we are not specifically a special needs camp, our staff is trained to handle special circumstances to a limited extent. Please contact us with specific questions or needs, and we’d be happy to discuss possibilities!

Who are the camp instructors? Our staff is comprised of a wide variety of people with a passion for, and experience in, the arts and working with children. Previous staff members hold degrees in education, music, dance and theatre performance, social work, and counseling. Our healing counselors are therapists and/or social workers with experience in grief counseling. All staff have prior experience working with young people, have cleared background checks, and are trained as mandated reporters through the Auditorium Theatre.

What is the ratio of adults to students? To ensure a fun, safe, and supportive camp, we keep a high ratio of caring adults to campers at Hearts to Art.

How do I apply?   Apply here!

Who can I contact for additional information? For questions regarding enrollment, please email [email protected].

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