Three local not-for-profit organizations are partnering to offer two week-long summer day camps.
The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, the Great Miami Valley YMCA and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum will be offering a camp program called Art Around Town, which will encompass traveling to each location and working with staff from all three organizations.
Art Around Town combines exciting art experiences and physical activities, both indoors and outdoors in this full-day camp. Children will create art in a variety of media at the Fitton Center and then have lunch and more art and nature fun at Pyramid Hill. Throughout the day, YMCA staff will lead energizing physical games and activities.
Participants will learn drawing, painting, sculpture and design skills, learn about the environment, use found and recycled materials to create, and see nature as an artist sees it.
The collaboration allows for each organization to provide new, varied offerings with staff that have unique yet complementary skill sets and expertise.
Karen Staley, COO at Great Miami Valley YMCA, said the pieces all seemed to fit together.
“Each organization does what they do best,” she said. “The YMCA has a camp system and staffing for counselors to be with the campers all day. The Fitton Center had the morning art programs and registration systems in place, and Pyramid Hill was the outdoor element that included art instruction.”
Jennifer Acus-Smith, Education Coordinator at the Fitton Center, agreed that the collaboration is a perfect fit: “It satisfied a need we had to provide a day-long camp for families that work.”
Strengthening the connections between organizations is important. Shaun Higgins, Interim Director at Pyramid Hill, was looking for an opportunity to build the program opportunities at the park, so when he entered the discussion, it just made sense to partner.
Higgins said, “I contacted Rick H. Jones at the Fitton Center. He and Woody Fitton, CEO at the Great Miami Valley YMCA, had already started a conversation about an all-day camp. Jenn, Karen and I worked to develop the program and moved forward very quickly.”
Acus-Smith points out that collaboration is what is essential in our community because “funders look for organizations that collaborate and make the most funding dollars.”
The camps will be the weeks of July 13-17 and July 27-31; however, the three organizations are currently looking for additional funding to cover transportation costs.
Registration opened for Art Around Town on April 1. The program is geared towards ages 7-12 and all ability levels. Scholarship opportunities and early registration discounts are available.
To register, contact the Fitton Center for Creative Arts by visiting www.fittoncenter.org or calling 513-863-8873 ext. 110. For additional information, any of the participating organizations can be contacted. Fitton Family YMCA: 513-868-9622. Pyramid Hill: 513-868-8336.
Featured image from Fitton Center 2013 summer camps