Summer Camp

Does your child need something AWESOME to do over the long, hot summer? Our Summer Camps allow your child to dance, sing, draw, and dramatize the summer away! Ages 6-12. Lunch is provided! Camps available at both Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center

Kids love having fun at Phoenix Center for the Arts Summer Camp

2017 Phoenix Center for the Arts Summer Camp Dates:

Time:  9am-4pm, Monday – Friday
Cost: TBA

Creative Critters at Phoenix Center for the Arts
This summer, the Center is excited to offer a Creative Critters Camp! This program is designed for 5 year olds who have not yet completed kindergarten. These campers will experience a full day of professional instruction in visual and performing arts in a small group setting.
2017 Dates TBA
Time:  9am-4pm, Monday – Friday
Cost: TBA

2017 Thunderbird Summer Camp Dates:

Time:  9am-4pm, Monday – Friday
Cost: TBA

We have summer activities for teens, too! Teens can have an AWESOME break while volunteering at our arts camps or by taking a Teen Art Intensive class.

What makes our Summer Camp unique?
Rather than focusing on just one artistic medium, we present a well-rounded artistic experience that encompasses many different art forms, both visual and performance-based. Family and friends are invited to the Center on the last day of camp for a fun performance and gallery-style show.


Phoenix Center for the Arts Summer Camp 2016 Themes:

Session 1: Community Heroes 
With the help of a few amazing instructors, campers will identify characteristics that make up their community heroes and learn that they can become heroes themselves!

Session 2: Movers and Shakers
In this Session, campers will learn how to pair their artistic side with innovation. Join us as we encourage the young generation to shake it up and try something new!

Session 3: Adventure Is Out There
Campers will journey through artistic themes and explore what art means to them. During these explorations, campers will hear from the instructors and learn what has inspired them.

Session 4: Magic In You 
Here at the Center, exploring your creativity is encouraged! Session 4 is all about inspiring campers to follow their intuition and create beautiful art.

Meet The Instructors
We’ve got some pretty phenomenal Summer Camp instructors lined up for 2016.
Meet them here!

Camp Manager & Youth Coordinator

Dorothee Nygren

Dorothee Nygren serves as Youth Coordinator, scheduling and creating the youth camps offered at Phoenix Center for the Arts. With a Bachelor of Arts, emphasis in Art History, and a minor in General Business from Iowa State University, Dorothee brings a deep understanding of the influence art has in a community to the Center. At Iowa State University, her passion for working to improve the lives of youth was refined through her experiences with Pi Beta Phi, supporting its literacy initiative, and Dance Marathon, Iowa State’s largest student-run philanthropy. She is a member of The Avant Garde on Second Street (a young professionals’ group), a volunteer at the Phoenix Art Museum, and an active member of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Association in Phoenix. New to the area, Dorothee can be found immersing herself in the local culture and becoming more familiar with the community and all that it offers.

Colin conway
Assistant Camp Manager
Colin Conway

Bio coming soon.







Haley HonemanDrama Instructor: Summer Camp
Haley Honeman

Haley Honeman has a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a teaching artist with Stepping Stone Theatre, Teatro del Pueblo, El Centro Cultural La Marin, A Center for the Arts, Habla: The Center for Language and Culture, and Rising Youth Theatre. As a performer, she has appeared at The University of Minnesota, Bedlam Theatre, Teatro Daniel Ayala, and The Phoenix Hostel. She is currently seeking her MFA in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University. She enjoys collaboratively created performance and the genres of experimental and ethnographic theatre. She is thrilled to teach her first year of summer camp at the Center, imaginatively exploring with young artists the ideas of theatre of the future!

Elaine Johnson Visual Arts InstructorVisual Arts Instructor: Summer Camp
Elaine Johnson

Elaine is excited to rejoin the summer camp staff this summer. Elaine began teaching art at Phoenix Center for the Arts in 2007 where she taught campers drawing, painting, embroidery, fibers, ceramics, and sculpture. Elaine is an elementary art teacher in Phoenix and a ceramic sculptural artist. Twirling, free flowing dresses are what Elaine express through porcelain clay. She focuses in elegant three-dimensional evening gown sculptures by manipulating clay into many forms. When sculpting, Elaine hand builds all gowns into life like fabric from Coleman’s porcelain. Her unique sculptures are distinctive with every twist, turn and fold. Each handcrafted sculpture is one of a kind. She includes china paint and gold luster to finish the last touch. While attending Arizona State University, Elaine was mentored by well-known ceramic china paint artist Arizona State University professor Kurt Weiser. He taught her his china painting techniques, glazing and clay body recipes. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006 she earned a Master in Education from Grand Canyon University in 2009.

Chi IsioguVisual Arts Instructor
Chi Isiogu

Chibuzor (Chi for short) in Igbo means “my guiding spirit goes before me.” As an artist, she is “Glass Chi,” because her spirit expresses itself in the paradoxical strength and fragility of glass. Her spirit moves in the contradiction of glass broken into many pieces that become whole again in art.  Glass is Chi’s living and breathing muse that speaks through her mosaics to say – though I may be broken into many fragments, here I am together, greater than the sum of my parts. Glass is Chi’s relationship with light – clear, translucent, opaque, or mirrored – tiny slivers or full sheets of many colored hues that become her vision. Beyond making her own art, Chi’s passion and joy comes from the opportunity to teach and help others find themselves through art, the way she has been so fortunate to find herself.

Helene BenignoDrama Instructor: Creative Critters & Summer Camp
Helene Benigno

Helene Benigno has been involved in theater since the age of 11 when she landed a role in “Annie” at summer camp, then returned 10 years later to run the drama program on that same stage. Helene has a multitude of experience in the entertainment industry, with a BS in Broadcasting from SUNY Brockport in New York. She then worked both in New York and Boston in both radio and TV. She’s worked professionally as a director for both children and adults in Boston and Arizona for many organizations and theater, most recently for Murder and a Meal Dinner Theater in Paradise Valley and Ghostlight Theatre in Sun City West where she currently also sits on the board of directors. Helene has seen her original work produced for the stage in New York, Boston and Arizona. She currently runs the Phoenix branch of the Young Writers’ Academy which teaches creative writing and performing to kids and teens. Helene is an award winning actress, currently represented by Dani’s Agency. She has credits for not only a multitude of stage roles but also in TV, radio and film. Helene has over 15 years of teaching experience in the arts and is looking forward to working with your children!

Keely FinucaneVisual Arts Instructor
Keely Finucane

Keely Finucane is from Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 2012 with a BFA in painting and a concentration in glass. She moved to Arizona to teach art to students K-5, including children with special needs. Keely taught at the elementary level for two years and currently teaches 7th and 8th grade art students. Her favorite art mediums to work with are charcoal and oils, and she absolutely loves painting and drawing! Keely is excited for the new connections and experiences that will be taking place at camp, and is looking forward to meeting the inspiring staff as well as the young artists.

Jessica WeaverVisual Arts Instructor: Creative Critters
Jessica Weaver

Jess, a Chicago native, is a new Arizona resident with a BA in art education from Purdue University. Jess is in her 5th year of teaching, but has been involved in afterschool and summer programs since 1999. Jess currently teaches K-4 art at a charter school in Phoenix and has worked with young artists of all ages! In her spare time, she loves spending time checking out all things artistic in the Phoenix area. She also loves creating mixed media pen and ink drawings of her own. Jess is excited to spend her first Arizona summer teaching at the Phoenix Center for the Arts!

Joe MilleaMusic Instructor
Joe Millea

Joe Millea is percussionist and music educator from Minneapolis, MN. He received his graduate degrees in music at Arizona State University. As an educator, Joe has taught music performance, theory, history, and technology and has performed in the United States, Costa Rica, England, and Italy. A strong proponent of new music, Joe is always trying to find new ways of exploring sounds through traditional, extended, and electronic practices. Currently, he is working with the effects of electronics sounds on various acoustic percussion instruments.



Michaela KonzalDance Instructor
Michaela Konzal

Michaela Konzal is a Phoenix native and graduated from Arizona State University with a BFA in Dance in 2012. As a dance maker and educator, Konzal’s choreographic and performance work has been seen in Arizona, New York, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. She has been teaching youth dance at several schools around the Valley and is the Dance Department Head at Phoenix Center for the Arts. She seeks to cultivate artistic and personal growth for youth while striving for creative excellence in dance.


Nancy PriceVisual Arts Instructor
Nancy Price

Nancy Price is an oil painter who has studied with numerous established artists in Chicago, Los Angeles and Phoenix over the past 20 years. She recently moved from the Los Angeles area, where she exhibited in juried shows. Nancy has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. For many years, she worked as a school social worker, recognizing the healing power of art and combining art with child therapy. Nancy enjoys painting with a loose, expressive, colorful style. She is delighted to share her passion for art with the Center’s campers!

Jaclyn ChappelMusic Instructor
Jaclyn Chappel

Jaclyn Chappel has been a music educator in Phoenix, Arizona for three years. Originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, a love for music was instilled in Jaclyn at an early age by participating in choirs, Orff ensembles, and various bands, including jazz ensembles and steel drum bands. Jaclyn earned her Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the State University of New York at Fredonia in May 2012. In 2013, Jaclyn drove across the country to pursue a teaching career in the Roosevelt School District in Phoenix, Arizona where she has been for the past three years. Trumpet is Jaclyn’s primary instrument.