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Newark Arts Alliance to host art camp

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The Newark Arts Alliance’s Camp Imagine will return for its 22nd year later this month.

The full-day camp offers a variety of visual and performing arts lessons for kids ages 7 to 12. It is scheduled for July 27 through Aug. 7 at First Presbyterian Church of Newark on West Main Street. Campers can sign up for one week or both weeks.

Classes are taught by professional artists with assistance from teen interns.

Terry Foreman, executive director of NAA, said the organization wasn’t sure the camp would be possible this year due to the pandemic but ultimately decided to proceed under the summer camp guidelines released by the state.

Attendance is capped at 21 campers this year, and they will be split into groups of seven, she said.

“Each camper will be assigned a creative nook with designated art supplies for the week and will be asked to wear a mask,” Foreman said. “Outside spaces will be used whenever possible to offer better air circulation and for children to have snack and lunch breaks without their masks. Social distancing will be in use throughout the camp.”

There will be no singing this year due to the potential to spread COVID-19, however visual art, theater and dance will still be offered. The campers will also participate in a collaborative art project, such as a mural, sculpture or quilt.

“Everyone makes a component of some kind and they all get combined into a larger item,” Foreman said. “It would be a way for the kids to work together on a project without too much physical contact with each other.”

The fee to attend the camp is $275 for one week or $525 for both weeks. Scholarships are available based on family income and can reduce the cost to as low as $30.

For more information or to register, visit www.newarkartsalliance.org/camp or call 302-266-7266.

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