Camp Imagination is an annual two-week summer arts camp designed to stretch the imagination of children by introducing them to a variety of arts genres through an intensive hands-on program of activities that integrates technical, visual and performing arts mediums. Camp Imagination will produce two sessions, both two-weeks long, during the month of June 2016.
Students choose from a variety of classes in music, dance, drama and visual art designed to enliven their artistic spirit. Camp Imagination culminates in a live, public performance of a musical, starring over 100 1st – 12th graders; either on stage as actors, singers and dancers or behind the scenes as the film production and technical crews. A daily Camp Imagination blog with photos and articles can be found here.
The Webb Center offers this program each summer with assistance from the Wickenburg Unified School District (provides classroom facilities, busing and free student lunches), the Desert Caballeros Western Museum (coordinates the visual arts classes for camp), and Wickenburg Police Department’s Cops Who Care (teaches a crime scene investigation class). Community partners help ensure Camp’s continued success and sustainability.
Camp Imagination participants are grouped according to their grade and choose from a variety of arts classes targeted to their skill levels. Past classes for first through third graders include: tumbling, drawing, movement, acting, drumming, arts and crafts, and mosaics. Fourth through sixth graders have been offered: tumbling, aerial circus, acting, drumming, stage combat, and drawing as their choice of classes. During past years, seventh through twelfth graders have chosen from: song writing, comedy/improvisation, aerial circus, culinary arts, stage combat, film production, and technical theatre classes. In addition, different “specialty” artists are hired each year to expose campers to diverse arts genres; a new class added for the 2016 Camp Imagination was Karate and returning this year was CSI: River City.
The Webb Center recruits local and nationwide teaching artists to provide quality arts opportunities for our campers. Students sixth grade and up are also encouraged to audition for lead roles in the final production. Those rewarded with main roles meet intensively with an acting and a singing coach to challenge them with advanced performance techniques and skills.