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Inspiring Immersive 360 Arts Camp for Kids 6 1/2-12!

Week 1, July 5-9

Week 2, July 12-16

Igniting Creativity, Fun & Friendship

World Forestry Center

4033 SW Canyon Road

(On the Max line, by the zoo!)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We have limited space!  Register TODAY!

$375/week for campers 6 1/2-9

$350/week for campers 10-12

A discount is offered for campers who register to attend both weeks!  Scholarships and payment arrangements are also available.

About 360 Arts Camp

​Since 1993,  Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. Kids camp has given kids ages 6-12 a chance to be immersed in visual arts, music, theater, and dance Monday through Friday.  This is 360 Arts Education!

All campers are expected to 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.

Campers ages 6-9
Lesson plans for younger campers focus on encouraging natural creativity, fearlessness, and gifts.  Younger campers are often paired with Intern helpers who can help to ignite confidence and assist with reading or writing.  However, our ability to provide "hands-on" assistance is limited due to COVID-19.

Campers ages 10-12

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.

Friday Artists

On Friday of each camp, we work with artists from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to perform and workshop with our campers. 

Previous Friday Artists include Journey Brazil, En Taiko, Natya Leela Academy, Inka Jam, and Grupo Condor.

 We are thrilled to welcome this year's Friday Artists:

Friday, July 9, 2021

Mic Crenshaw Performs Social Justice Hip Hop

Friday, July 16, 2021

Wɔshishiʃye- New Beginnings with Alex Addy & Michael Akoto

The Venue

World Forestry Center Central Plaza & Cheatham Hall
4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Our previous venues, the Newmark Theatre and Northwest Academy, remain closed this summer.  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 socially distancing and creation.  Campers will be indoors and outdoors throughout the day and provided with outdoor mask breaks. Campers will be in age-based pods.  We may also take field trips to explore the Japanese Garden, Children's Museum, zoo, and surrounding trails.   

Access to the Arts

We believe in the vital importance of arts education in self-confidence, wellbeing, and social inclusion. Therefore, we offer scholarships for children to attend 360 Arts Camp. Scholarships, generally 40-90%, are needs-based and awarded on camper loads and will be reviewed and awarded weekly until we reach capacity. To see if you qualify, and to complete the application, click here. Once we have received a completed application and supporting documentation, we will notify you of a determination within ten business days.  If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be provided with a specific promo code which you will use to register your camper at a reduced rate. 

Note: As of 5/5, we only have scholarships remaining for kids 10-12.

What happens at 360 Arts Camp?

Campers arrive between 8:50 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 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 instance).  The order of the disciplines alternates each day. 

On Fridays, campers utilize the skills and creations they have made throughout the week to create a group performance, incorporating lessons learned from our multicultural guest artists.  Therefore, attendance each day is important.

Camp ends at 3:58 p.m. with a prompt at 4 p.m. pickup. 

The Faculty

Each of our faculty members is a trained artist and educator in their respective visual arts, music, theater, and dance disciplines.  Many will be returning to our camp, having been a part of it for years.

The Interns - Kids Ages 13-18

We have opportunities for older kids who would like to participate and earn valuable volunteer experience.  These incredible teenagers, who proudly wear the green t-shirts, are usually former campers, have the opportunity to supervise, create art, and work directly to inspire younger kids. 

Kids ages 13 are considered "Junior Interns" and must attend as a paid camper "Intern in Training" for at least one week before starting as an Intern.  (As of 3/16/21, we have filled all Junior Intern positions.) 

A few Intern positions for kids 14-18 are available. To apply to be an Intern, for those 14-18, click here.

The Counselors

Our Counselors, dressed in orange t-shirts, directly assist Cognizart Administration and educators in delivering the lesson plans, setup, and camp breakdown.  These are usually older Interns (16+) who have participated in the camp for at least 2-3 years as campers and Interns.

Our Response to COVID-19

Our motto is "safety first."  Therefore, we are closely following Oregon Health Authority guidelines.  These will most likely include campers' necessity to wear facemasks throughout the day except during designated breaks, maintaining social distance, and frequent handwashing.  

Before drop-off, each morning of camp, a temperature check and health verification will be required.  If a camper develops an illness, they will be safely isolated until a parent can pick them up. However, parents need to keep their phones on and respond quickly to pick up their camper within 30 minutes of a detected illness.

Drop-off & Pick-up

Drop-off: 8:40 a.m. to 9 a.m.:  

Our Interns (green shirts) or Counselors (orange shirts) will be outside to greet you between 8:40 a.m. and 9 a.m.  We anticipate using the bus lane across from the World Forestry Center and next to the Max station for morning drop-off.  The Intern/Counselor will take your camper's temperature and confirm the health status.  An Intern/Counselor will escort campers into camp. **Facemasks are required at all times except for designated breaks.**

Pick-up by 4:00 p.m.: 
Registered camper families will be provided with digital parking passes for Lot C, across from the World Forestry Center Discovery Center.  Between 3:50 p.m. and 4 p.m., we will ask parents wearing facemasks to line up safely distanced on the sidewalk to check out campers.  Campers will be released in order of parent's arrival. All campers must be picked up by 4:00 p.m. so that we may sanitize the building.  Kids will only be released to designated contacts listed on the registration form.  If someone else will be picking your camper up, please text your authorization to 503-245-4885.  


What to Bring:
The following are the only items allowed at Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. Kids Camp to limit distractions and contamination possibilities:

  • Sanitizer

  • Facemask

  • Two snacks 

  • Filling healthy lunch

  • Large water bottle

What to wear: 
Comfortable clothing and shoes.  Layers are good as it may be chilly, and we will be outside part of the day.  All campers will receive a camp t-shirt which is to be worn over clothing each day.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. It does not discriminate by race, color, national and ethnic origin in administering its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other organization administered programs.

Thank You, 2021 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:

Ronni Lacroute

Oregon Community Foundation Joseph E. Weston


Tel: 503-245-4885