School’s out – Let's give our children their artsy experience!
What will your children do this summer?
In earlier blogs, I talked about the benefits of the arts to children. Hampton Roads offers a variety of art and arts educational experiences for children of all ages. Depending on where their interests lie, there are classes in art, dance, music, theater, writing and, even in the sciences. Children should not just stop learning because school is out. The arts surround us every day and as parents, family members, and friends we all need to help our children get personally involved in the arts.
I invite you to visit the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads’s website, www.culturalli.org, to view a list of the many summer camps, summer programs and activities offered by all the arts and cultural venues in our area. There are not only camps for a week, at such places as the D’Art Center in Norfolk, MOCA in Virginia Beach, the Suffolk Museum or the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Additionally there are museums that offer daily art activities and special children projects that parents can drop in with their children and create a “make and take” project. Theater summer programs are all over our area; dance and ballet classes, music camps and many individual artists hold summer classes at their studios. Be sure to read the Thursday section of the Virginia Pilot each week to learn about new arts and cultural opportunities in which you and your children can participate.
Help your child to tap into his or her inner creative genes! Give your child something to talk about when they return to school and have to present their “what I did this summer” speech to their classmates!