SCCA sets three summer camps

Published 5:29 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Creativity will be flowing at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts this summer with camps in Musical Theater, Visual Art and S.T.E.A.M.

SCCA is again collaborating with arts professionals at Arts for Learning, the Virginia affiliate of Young Audiences, Campers in third to fifth grades will immerse themselves in each theme as they work with professional teaching artists Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to  3 p.m., during camp week.

The Suffolk Center has partnered with Arts for Learning since 2013. With a mission to “inspire and engage students in and through the arts,” Arts for Learning works with scores of professional artists, including dancers, musicians, visual artists and theater ensembles.


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“Our teaching artists have loved mentoring students at Suffolk Center’s summer camps for the past nine years,” said Anna Heywood Green, chief operations officer for Arts for Learning. “Our artists are inspired by the campers as they watch their creativity and talents flourish throughout the week. They can’t wait to see what campers will come up with this year.”

Rick Byrd, the center’s creative director, is excited to welcome this year’s campers. “A camper once told me ‘If I could be at camp every day, that would be my definition of heaven,’ ” he said.

The camps are as follows:

  • New Musical Theater Camp “Lights, Camera, Action” June 20-July 1

Campers will have the chance to write scripts, design costumes, sing and make music, act and dance. Campers will learn what it takes to create and participate in an original production from start to finish — then perform it for family and friends.

  • Visual Art Camp “Arts from Around Your World!”  Aug. 1-5

Campers will experience the cultures of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean as they create multiple visual arts projects. While discovering ties between cultures and art forms and having lots of hands-on fun, they’ll also investigate their own heritage. Projects will include making a colorful patterned textile called a mola and creating clay coil pots. The week’s highlight will be an art showcase for family and friends.

  • S.T.E.A.M. Camp “Thinking Outside the Box” Aug. 8-12

Campers will think creatively through all aspects of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) as they experience hands-on learning. Projects will include designing using 3D printers, experimenting with dyeing textiles, and drawing and assembling tessellations. This camp will help kids learn to think on their feet, problem solve, work collaboratively while showing off their projects to family and friends in a special program on the last day.

Summer camp registration is $475 for the two-week Musical Theater camp and $275 for the one-week Visual Art and S.T.E.A.M. camps. Both full and partial camp scholarships are available. Summer camps include all materials and provided snacks. Campers bring lunch and a beverage every day.

The Suffolk Center is also accepting volunteer applications from anyone who would like to serve as counselors during the camps.

Enroll online at or call Byrd at 757-923-0003, ext. 107. For information, email