SCC summer camps
Given recent reductions in funding for arts education in our schools, in more ways than one, Sonoma Community Center’s summer camps have never been so timely. Four camps, covering a range of subjects, are offered at SCC this summer. All camps begin Monday, June 15. Applications can be downloaded from the SCC website, or picked up in person at the office.
Every year the community center offers seven one-week sessions of art camp for children ages 6-12. This year’s theme is “Mythology & Folklore Around the World.” Each week focuses on the stories & traditions of a different world region. Instructors are educated, capable and compassionate and will guide children through exploratory processes that help participants uncover their artistic potential. Art camp is offered in half or full day increments and costs $175 or $300 per week, respectively. Half-day camp is from 9 a.m. to noon, and full-day camp goes until 4 p.m.
For the second year in a row, the Community Center is co-sponsoring Bird Camp for Kids along with sonomabirding.org. Children ages 8-14 spend one week learning about our fine feathered friends. This half-day camp is from 9 a.m. to noon and includes guest speakers and field trips. Specialists cover topics such as Urban Birds & Habitats, Wetland Birds, Raptors, and Owls. Class sizes are limited, so early enrollment is encouraged. The fee for Bird Camp is $125.
Co-sponsored by Sonoma Jazz +, in association with Sonoma Valley Jazz Society, Summer Jam Jazz Camp is for 6th-12th graders with two or more years of musical training. Professional musicians spend two weeks with campers and help them develop a jazzy style all their own! Camp is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, June 15, through Friday, June 26. Under the direction of Dana Land, this year’s instructors are: John Simon, Piano; Brian Nova, Guitar & Bass; Roger Glenn, Brass, Reeds & Percussion; Jason Bodlovich, Drums; and Jennifer Youngdahl, Voice. The final day of camp is capped by a Jazz Camper performance in Andrews Hall. Jazz Camp costs $350, plus a $20 materials fee.
Fashion & Design Camp
New this year, SCC offers a teen fashion and jewelry design camp aimed at ages 11-17. Led by Arts Guild President Andrea Patri, this camp is separated into two one-week sessions and teaches participants the art of jewelry making, and helps budding fashion designers develop their ideas and learn professional skills. Each week of camp costs $300 plus a $50 materials fee. Both weeks are full-day sessions that begin at 9 a.m. and go until 4 p.m.
Full and partial scholarships are available for all summer camps and can be applied for by filling out a scholarship application, found in the Community Center office at 276 East Napa Street in Sonoma. Camp applications can be downloaded from the SCC website, www.sonomacommunitycenter.org, or picked up in person at the community center front desk. For additional information about any of the camps, please call the SCC front desk at (707) 938-4626 ext. 1.