Inspiring Immersive 360 Arts Camp
This year's theme: Peace & Harmony
July 8-12, 2024
Newmark Theatre Building
July 15-19, 2024
July 22-26, 2024
World Forestry Center
Igniting Creativity, Fun & Friendship
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
About 360 Arts Camp
For 31 years, Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. 360 Arts Camp has given kids a chance to be immersed in visual arts, music, theater, and dance Monday through Friday. This is 360 Arts Education!
All campers must follow instructions, participate, collaborate with others, read and write, and be respectful self-managers. The overall lesson plans and daily goals for creation for both age groups are similar, with age-appropriate challenge-level to keep the artistic spark alive.
In addition, we keep group sizes small to enable the most fun and creative environment! Each group is comprised of no more than 15 campers.
Campers ages 6 1/2 to 8
Lesson plans for younger campers focus on encouraging natural creativity, fearlessness, and gifts. Younger campers are often paired with Counselors who can help to ignite confidence and assist with reading or writing.
Campers ages 9 to 11
Lesson plans for older campers allow for the opportunity to explore and collaborate with peers. Older campers create more complex artistic projects, try new things, and showcase their unique talents and gifts.
Campers age 12
These older campers create even more complex artistic projects tailored to their interests. They are also eligible to serve as "Counselors in Training in Training" if they would like to consider being a Counselor the next year.
Counselors in Training, In Training (final year as a camper), and Counselors in Training (13+) participate in fun artistic experiences while helping to guide younger campers. They also earn volunteer hours. The majority of Counselors are previous campers who want to continue to join in the fun! These peer-to-peer engaging positions are life-changing and are highly sought after. There is no cost to participate, although an application is required. Few Counselor positions are available. Register here.
What happens at 360 Arts Camp?
Campers arrive between 8:40 a.m. and 9 a.m., participate in fun warm-up exercises, and receive the schedule for the day.
Monday through Thursday, campers create art in two disciplines (visual arts and music, for instance) in the morning and two in the afternoon (theater and dance, for example). To keep things fun and engaging, the order of the disciplines alternates each day.
On Friday, artists from diverse cultural backgrounds perform and workshop with our campers. Previous Friday Artists include Journey Brazil, En Taiko, Natya Leela Academy, Inka Jam, and Grupo Condor. This year’s artists included Habiba, New Beginnings Alex Addy & Michael Akoto, and Mic Crenshaw.
The rest of Friday finds campers working collaboratively to create a cohesive performance utilizing the newfound wisdom from Friday's Artist while incorporating the skills they have learned throughout the week and showcasing each camper's unique talents and skills. Friends and family members are invited to attend the performance at 3:30. It is the culmination of a truly remarkable week!
Access to the Arts - Scholarships
We believe in the vital importance of arts education! No child should be turned away from arts education due to a family's ability to pay We offer 20-90% scholarships based on camper loads and funds availability. We also offer payment arrangements and multi-week discounts. The scholarship application will be made available in January 2024.
Week 1 - Newmark Theatre Building, 1111 SW Broadway
We're returning to our home for the first week of 360 Arts Camp in 2022. We will be utilizing the Winningstad & Brunish Theatres. as well as lobby space.
Weeks 2 & 3 - World Forestry Center Central Plaza & Cheatham Hall
4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221. It's an immersive and vibrant, distinctly Oregon location nestled in the trees.
We selected the World Forestry Center because of its convenient location off Highway 26, across the zoo's parking lot, and a few steps from the Max station. We strongly encourage taking public transportation.
360 Arts Camp will be located at the tented outdoor Central Plaza to the left of the Discovery Center and in Cheatham Hall, which offers ample space for creation. Campers will be indoors and outdoors throughout the day and provided with outdoor mask breaks. We may also take field trips to explore the Japanese Garden, Children's Museum, zoo, and surrounding trails.
Each faculty member is a trained artist and educator in visual arts, music, theater, or dance. Many will be returning to our camp in 2024.
Health & Safety
Our motto is "safety first." Therefore, we require that all campers, Counselors, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated. We are also closely following Oregon Health Authority guidelines. If a camper develops an illness, they will be safely isolated until a parent can pick them up. However, parents must keep their phones on and respond quickly to pick up their camper within 30 minutes of a detected illness.
Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. admits students of any race, sexual orientation, color, gender identification, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. Accordingly, we do not discriminate by race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administering its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other organization-administered programs.
Thank You, 2023 360 Arts Camp Sponsors!
With the generous support of the following sponsors, we can keep camp costs low - and offer scholarship opportunities - to accommodate as many children as possible.
Our sincerest gratitude to:
Oregon Community Foundation Joseph E. Weston