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Jul 6, 2012

Creative Arts to bolster talented youths

Kim Vasquez

If your child is still trying to choose a camp, perhaps this one may bring out their talent. It’s the third annual Summer Arts Institute being held by the Institute of Creative Arts to bolster the arts of acting, singing, dancing and playing an instrument. The arts program began on Monday and runs through to August tenth when it will culminate in a Summer Extravaganza that will include a final presentation on stage from the many talented participants. News Five spoke with program officer, Kim Vasquez, who says that this year’s program is set to recruit members of a national youth orchestra and a youth choir.


Kim Vasquez, Program Officer, ICA

“One of our focuses this year is to get recruits for the national youth orchestra and the national youth choir so we are placing a strong emphasis on this Summer Arts Institute in the area of music and we are pleased to say that we are bringing in two directors from the youth orchestra of the Americas and they will be conducting the training for winds and strings. But we also have our usual voice training and we also have steel pan and Garifuna drumming—so there is a lot going on with music. We also have fashion design for older students; fifteen and up, and we also have stilt walking which is a first this year. This is exciting and new and we are hoping to form them into a new carnival group. This is the third edition of the Summer Arts Institute and it continues to grow. In dance for example, this year the students will learn three different genres and they will go through each one and so it is where we are looking to build continuity. We are saying that we want students or participants that are looking for more than just something to do for the summer. Come and start for the summer and get a foundation in the arts and you can continue throughout the year.”


Duane Moody

“If they choose to come, how can they sign up or anything like that?”


Kim Vasquez

“Well there are full course descriptions here at the Bliss Center, you come at the front desk; we have the registration forms. If you are not interested in doing things in front of the stage, as I said, not everything is catered towards that. For example this year we have intro to live sound—if you learn how to do sound for a live show, you can come learn that. And a number of these programs are actually targeting older youth. So you know, it’s not like summer camp that you always think are for infants and the smaller ones. If you are looking for something constructive to do for the summer come get involved in the arts.”


Courses offered during the Summer Arts Institute include; music with respect to vocal training and playing instruments as well as a five-week dancing course, intro to live sounds, character building in drama, stilt walking and fashion design.

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1 Response for “Creative Arts to bolster talented youths”

  1. Storm says:

    We should all encourage development of wholesome talents like these.

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