Hamilton, Ohio – While summer unofficially kicked off over Memorial Day weekend and it officially opens with the solstice June 21, another harbinger of the season sits on the horizon.
Fitton Center Summer Camps for Little Artists (ages 5 to 9), Youth (ages 7 to 12) and Teens (ages 12 to 18) begin Monday, June 13.
In fact, the last open spot in the teen jewelry camp filled up Tuesday afternoon, June 7. So far, 13 of the 19 camps coming this summer are sold out; registration across all camps is nearing 80 percent of capacity.
“We’re excited to have so many young people here with us starting next week,” said Kate Rowekamp, Fitton Center Director of Education and Outreach. “We’re grateful so many families look to us to make special summer memories with their children. We want to make sure as many kids as possible have a chance to participate.”
Camps continue the weeks of June 20 and 27, as well the weeks of July 11, 18 and 24. The Youth (1 to 4 p.m. June 20 to July 1) and Teen (1 to 4 p.m. July 11 to 22) Musical Theater Camp each run two weeks; cost is $175 for Fitton Center members, $200 for non-members.
All other Youth and Teen camps run a week each and cost $105 for Fitton Center members or $125 for non-members. Little Artists camps also are a single week, but cost only $70 each for Fitton Center members and $90 for non-members.
“We have scholarship funds available for our camps,” Rowekamp said. “We want to make sure cost isn’t a barrier to participation. We are grateful to our sponsors who understand how important access to the arts is for everyone.”
The summer camps are great on their own, but also serve a larger purpose.
“In a way, we’re ensuring our own futures with our camps,” Rowekamp said. “When children have hands-on experiences with the arts - and when those experiences are fun and creative and engaging - we’re starting them on what could be a life-long discovery of what art is, what it can be and how relatable it is to many parts of their lives.
“People who are engaged with art are our customers. They are the reason the Fitton Center has been here for almost 30 years now. We want to make sure we are helping build that next generation of creators and the people who support them.”
For a complete list of 2022 summer camps, please visit our website here.
For more information on Fitton Center summer camps – including scholarship details – please contact Rowekamp at email@example.com or 513-863-8873, ext. 132.
The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.
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