Whether your child is looking to try his hand at something new or take his skills to another level, arts camps offer an opportunity to explore, imagine and create. The arts have been linked to improved academics, but it is the ways in which they allow children to both find and express themselves that distinguish them, agree area arts educators. "They also help us understand the human condition and bring joy to others," says Judith Patterson, co-founder of US Performing Arts Camps, which offers programs at Georgetown University.
Be they three days or three weeks, commuter or residential, performing or fine, area arts camps offer programs for both the budding and seasoned artist. There is an arts camp for virtually every age, interest, skill level and budget. Many camps offer partial or full scholarships. The following 10 camps are among dozens of outstanding summer arts programs in the region. Some require auditions or portfolio reviews; others are open to all. But, each prides itself in offering a nurturing environment where kids can feel free to take artistic risks and grow in the process.