Celebrating 21 years of summer fun & creativity: June 6-July 15, 2016
This year marks the 21st year of SFArtsED Summer, San Francisco's best arts summer camp for students 6 to 14. This year's camp runs June 6 through July 15, 2016 on both campuses of the Rooftop Alternative School
Exploration on the Burnett Campus, 443 Burnett Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94114
Broadway Bound, Art & Design and Joe Goode Performance Group on the Mayeda Campus, 500 Corbett Ave., San Francisco, CA 94114
or call and speak with camp registrar Kathleen Moore at 415.551.7990
EXPLORATION (ages 6-9)
Younger campers spend exhilarating days experiencing everything from world rhythms and dance to choral singing and mixed-media art projects, from instrument making to theater and storytelling. Full-day Exploration sessions are taught by enthusiastic professional artists who understand how best to help children spark their own creativity.
Each session features a fresh and exciting mix of performing and visual arts experiences that vary thematically from session to session. Structured activities are balanced with free time for play outdoors. Each session concludes with a showcase for family and friends.
BROADWAY BOUND (ages 9-14)
Broadway Bound challenges young people with strong interest in theater to train as a “triple threat” singer, dancer and actor. Session One’s music celebrates Broadway classics, while Session Two emphasizes contemporary favorites. Session Three focuses on powerhouse Broadway vocals in an original revue featuring favorite songs shows written in 2000 to today. Each Broadway Bound session culminates with showcase performances on the last day. The original revue at the end of Session 3 will celebrate 21st-century Broadway with two performances at San Francisco State University with live accompaniment. Enrollment in a Broadway Bound session is a prerequisite for consideration for being invited to join the SFArtsED Players musical theater company.
ART & DESIGN (ages 10-14)
In Session One, Art & Design takes young visual artists into the Artists’ Studio, an exploration of mixed-media arts that includes painting, drawing and sculpting. In Session Two, designers will move fashion forward in Fashion Design and create runway-ready styles in Art & Design: Fashion. New this year for Session 3 is a hands-on exploration of clay, color and sculpture in Art & Design: Ceramics. A curated exhibition in a gallery space will feature work created in all three sessions. Interested middle-school students may continue their exploration of art and design into the school year with the new after-school/weekend Art & Design program.
JOE GOODE PERFORMANCE GROUP WORKSHOP: INSPIRED BODIES (ages 10-14)
As in past years, the beloved Joe Goode Performance Group Workshop inspires students to dance, sing and create. Guided and taught by company members and teaching artists from the award-winning Joe Goode Performance Group, this special one-week workshop interweaves body and mind and activates the physical imagination. Students are encouraged in the creation of their own unique movement vocabulary as well as collaborative construction of dances, and their explorations culminate in an informal showing at week’s end.
Sometimes, if you're lucky, students become teachers. One of the most rewarding aspects of the SFArtsED summer production is the added collabortion of former SFArtsED students and the younger performers. In addition to working with the best professional artists out there, the Broadway Bound program welcomes back SFArtsED alumni to tackle lead roles in the summer musical and serve as mentors to members of the Players musical theater troupe and to the novice Broadway Bound students. It's an extraordinary partnership, and you'll see the results in Guys and Dolls, performed July 22 at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus (showtime is 8pm) and on July 25 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (showtime is 7:30pm). For ticket information, click here. Now let our alumni stars tell you more.
Inspiration comes in many forms. For Broadway Bound students in Session 2, inspiration took the form of five boys who share the role of Billy Elliot in the touring production of the Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot: The Musical. With thanks to SHN, the five Billys spent an afternoon with our students doing warm-up routines, teaching dance steps and sharing insight into the life of a professional performer. Don Sanchez of ABC KGO-TV was there and filed this report: