Summer Camp

Children will experience a full day of professional instruction in visual and performing arts. Classes include Music, Dance, Drama, and Visual Arts, with lunch provided by St. Mary’s Food Bank. At the end of each Camp session, the Center will hold a performance showcasing what the campers have learned and created!

Phoenix Center for the Arts Summer Camp:
Session 1: 6/5/2017 – 6/16/2017
Session 2: 6/19/2017 – 6/30/2017
— One-week Break —
Session 3: 7/10/2017 – 7/21/2017
Session 4: 7/24/2017 – 8/4/2017

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages: 6-12
Early bird pricing: $325.00 (on or before 5/5/17)
Regular pricing: $350.00 (after 5/5/17)

Before Care: 8:00am – 9:00pm (additional cost = $60)
After Care: 4:00pm – 5:30pm (additional cost = $70)
$25 off each additional sibling


register here

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 been in Pre-K or Kindergarten. These campers will experience a full day of professional instruction in visual and performing arts in a small group setting. Lunch is provided by St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Session 1: 6/5/2017 – 6/16/2017
Session 2: 6/19/2017 – 6/30/2017
— One-week Break —
Session 3: 7/10/2017 – 7/21/2017
Session 4: 7/24/2017 – 8/4/2017

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages: 5 year olds who have been in Pre-K or Kindergarten
Early bird pricing: $325.00 (on or before 5/5/17)
Regular pricing: $350.00 (after 5/5/17)

Before Care: 8:00am – 9:00pm (additional cost = $60)
After Care: 4:00pm – 5:30pm (additional cost = $70)
$25 off each additional sibling


register here

Thunderbird Arts Center Summer Camp:
Session 1: 6/5/2017 – 6/16/2017
Session 2: 6/19/2017 – 6/30/2017
— One-week Break —
Session 3: 7/10/2017 – 7/21/2017
Session 4: 7/24/2017 – 8/4/2017

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages: 6-12
Early bird pricing: $325.00 (on or before 5/5/17)
Regular pricing: $350.00 (after 5/5/17)

Before Care: 7:30am – 9:00pm (additional cost = $70)
After Care: 4:00pm – 5:30pm (additional cost = $70)
$25 off each additional sibling

register here

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.

CHECK OUT OUR CAMP FAQs HERE


Phoenix Center for the Arts Summer Camp 2017 Theme:

Mighty Mighty Artists
Phoenix Center for the Arts’ Summer Camp is all about jumping in and exploring new mediums or strengthening existing talents. Instructors are great support to each camper’s creative journey in visual and performing arts. Mighty Mighty Artists use art to help learn and grow creativity, confidence, perseverance, and collaboration. Campers experience the empowering and healing joys of art!


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

Camp Manager
Sonya Tarango

At the very core of Sonya Tarango’s passion lie the collaborative interactions that serve to build a more inclusive and diverse community. As a young Chicana, native to West Phoenix, Sonya was not afforded exposure to the arts and culture spaces she has grown to know and love in recent years. Through her arts experiences civic action was born, and sparked her drive to help youth and communities of color to experience arts and culture. When she is not working on youth programing you can connect with Sonya at various community events surrounding arts, culture, and social justice. Sonya strives to listen to the needs of the community and help foster safe spaces at the Center, promoting creative cross-cultural conversations through the arts.


Colin conway
Assistant Camp Manager
Colin Conway

Born and raised in Phoenix, Colin has spent many summers serving as both Lead Volunteer and Assistant Camp Manager for Phoenix Center for the Arts Youth Camps. Colin is excited to continue work with the children at Phoenix Center for the Arts in 2017. Colin is a currently a senior at Arizona State University majoring in art education. As a painter and mulit-instrumentalist, Colin has an extensive background in the arts spending much of his free time working on various performance and visual art projects.

 


Phoenix Center for the Arts Summer Camp Instructor
Antoinette Cauley

From an early age, Antoinette found comfort and security in her set of pencils and sketchpad. She would spend hours a day at school, her local Boys & Girls Club, and at home drawing. Throughout her teenage years, Antoinette was able to perfect her color pencil technique and advance in to college level art courses as a high school student. Art seemed to be the only thing that ever made sense to Antoinette. Her ability to create art was the only real sense of stability she found as a youth. She knew that she had been given a special gift to create and that one day she could use it to change lives. It was her lifeline, her way of escaping the everyday struggle she and her family had to face. Being a Phoenix native, Antoinette’s work is very reflective of her city – the gritty and the beautiful. Her work is heavily influenced by rap music and hip hop culture with a focus on social injustice and politics. She combines the grittiness of inner city turmoil, war and tragedy with the beauty of music, vibrant color, texture, pattern and an emotionally driven message. Currently Antoinette works as a full time artist in her studio in Phoenix, Arizona. She also works with youth ages 5-18, teaching art classes that focus on drawing, painting and color theory.


Phoenix Center for the Arts Summer Camp Instructor
Israel Solomon

Israel Solomon grew up surrounded by music. A child of East African and Native American parents, diverse musical influences had an early significance in his life. He is rooted in his Phoenix upbringing, where he used music to find connection to his own sense of identity and forge his place in the community as an artist. Israel played saxophone and sang in the choir throughout his youth, but found true connection to the rhythms of percussion as an adult. He studied intensely under the guidance of Ian White, a 17 year veteran who taught him the intricacies of rhythm combinations, and methods of practice to further his natural talents. Israel began to play with many local groups, which lead him to dream of forming his own jazz quartet. In addition to his musical work, Israel is active in the community as a youth mentor and cultural guide. In 2016, Israel took part in “The Intersections of Protest Art, Latin Jazz and Social Justice Movements in Phoenix” project through Puente Ink. He was contracted by Nassau Community College in New York to present the project to students through music, art, and discussion. Israel views music as a great way to connect people to themselves and their world. He believes that the vibrations of sound produce natural positive effects on the body.


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.