SUMMER ART CAMP
Dear Harwood Summer Art Camp Families ~
We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and peaceful during the upsidedown of now, and we thank you for your patience as we’ve worked to recalibrate our summer offerings in greatest possible service to community and in context of our new shared realities of distance.
While we have known for quite a time that virtual content would be part of this season (and began pivoting and planning accordingly), we very much hoped to be able to safely offer some kind of in-person offering for our students, childcare option to our parents, maintained employment of all teaching artists and guides, even if later in the summer.
At this point, with the current public health classroom ratios, youth protocols, and sanitization guidelines, we cannot reasonably operate in-person Harwood Summer Art Camp programming this year. This is a devastating decision to confirm for so many reasons, lest not that Summer Art Camp represents a significant portion of Harwood’s annual operating budget, and we were once again poised to disperse $53k+ in wages to our teaching artists and guides (we will instead distribute $7k, to offer a sense of impact).
However, I am also deeply uplifted and heartened by the gorgeous efforts of our core staff and teaching artists, who have developed 8 weeks of Virtual Harwood Summer Art Camp offerings so that we might still serve you, your student(s), and your family, albeit from afar and in a greatly modified way. Funders have made possible the underwriting of our teaching artists’ wages, and we are offering this adjusted program to you for free with a contribute what you can option. Details on the pivoted distance program, refunds, and registration rollovers, are below for your review and reference.
We look forward to supporting and learning with your family this summer by distance, and even more to when we can invite you back to campus for creative expression by closer proximity. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns, and otherwise thank you so much and always for being part of our Harwood community.
Julia Mandeville, She/Her, Chief Programs Officer
Virtual Summer Art Camp Overview
Given the extraordinary circumstances of now, Harwood Art Center staff and teaching artists adapted to create 8 weeks of Virtual Summer Art Camp programming to engage children ages 6 – 14 in a range of visual and performing arts activities. We are making this modified distance program available to families for free, with a contribute what you can option; we will automatically convert existing registrations, and families will have the option to add on any sessions you wish.
Each week-long session will focus on a specific topic with lessons taught by our exceptional Summer Art Camp Teaching Artists. Children will engage daily in a variety of lessons and activities with a Teaching Artist, through a virtual platform that can be accessed on demand, at a time that is most convenient for campers. To support connection and community for our campers and artists, Friday of each session will culminate with a live gathering on Zoom (with times to be assigned). The links and any login or password information will become available through your CampDoc.com account the first morning of each session.
Camp Schedule Shift
Our original camp schedule was based on two week sessions. Our new camp schedule is based on one week sessions. Current registrations (either full or half day) will be transferred over to the new camp schedule and children will be placed in the group that best fits their age group. Once this transfer has occurred, families are welcome to make changes in their CampDoc.com account.
Camper Profile Updates
Virtual Summer Art Camp requires some different and additional information. Once we have transferred to the new schedule, you will need to update your child’s Camper Profile. You will receive reminders to do this from CampDoc.com.
Given the seasonal annual nature of Harwood’s youth programs, our refund policy differs from our parent organization, Escuela del Sol. For Harwood Summer Art Camp, will be providing 100% tuition refunds to all registered families. We will begin processing refunds after May 20; this process will take time, as it has to be done manually and individually through CampDoc, so please allow 2 – 3 weeks for your refund.
If you are able, please consider directing a portion of your camp tuition to support our Virtual Summer Art Camp program, Donation Directive form >. This form should be filled out by Wednesday, May 20.
If you purchased a Harwood Family Membership, we will extend your membership period out an additional year. We will mail out membership packets when we are able to resume normal office operations.
Contribute What You Can to Support Virtual Summer Art Camp
Harwood Art Center is able to offer our Virtual Summer Art Camp programming to families free of charge thanks to generous and flexible existing grant funding from LEF Foundation and Sandia Foundation, which was allocated to providing youth access to arts, in part via scholarships to Summer Art Camp; we are reallocating these scholarship dollars to compensate our teaching artists and offer freely open participation to families.
If you are able to, please consider making a contribution to support our core staff’s devoted and intensive work to convert – rather than cancel – and allow us to continue providing quality youth art education programs. We will provide you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.
Session 1: June 1 – 5
Session 2: June 8 – 12
Session 3: June 15 – 19
Session 4: June 22 – 26
Session 5: June 29 – July 3
Session 6: July 6 – 10
Session 7: July 13 – 17
Session 8: July 20 – 24
Our Teaching Artists share our commitment to lifelong learning and creative expression, and they all have experience working with children. Our Teaching Artists are accomplished in their diverse fields and maintain professional artistic careers. Meet our Teaching Artists >
Harwood Art Center is located at 1114 7th NW (7th St. and Mountain Rd.) just north of downtown Albuquerque. Activities take place in Escuela del Sol Montessori and Harwood’s classrooms, theater and dance studio.
2020 Summer Art Camp will take place virutally through CampDoc.com
Harwood Art Center is able to compensate our teaching artists and offer our Virtual Summer Art Camp programming to families free of charge thanks to generous and flexible existing grant funding from LEF Foundation and Sandia Foundation.