RUTGERS-CAMDEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Third and Pearl Sts.
Camden, NJ 08102
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Summer Art Soup
The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts (RCCA) summer arts enrichment programs, entitled Art Soup, provides diverse, high quality, hands-on visual arts and performing arts education programming for 4,000 Camden children and youth ages 4 -18 each summer in July and August. The name, Art Soup, is a tribute to our long-term funding partner, Campbell Soup Company and Foundation, and refers to our own proven recipe of blending the ideas and creativity of Camden’s children and youth, stirred by talented teaching artists, and allowing them to simmer into tantalizing works of visual and performing art. The resulting creations represent the culmination of planning, teamwork, and commitment.
Three Exciting Programs for Camden City Youth Groups:
Reservations are required for all programs.
To make reservations, the following information is needed:
- Name of group supervisor
- Name and address of organization
- Telephone number & email address
- Any special needs
- Number of children and adults attending (*one adult is required to accompany every 10 children and any number under 10)
For more information about Summer Art Soup programs, or to schedule your group, please contact:
1) Art Studio Program:
Join us for brief gallery tour of the Stedman Gallery exhibition, Off the Wall, which features sculpture from the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts permanent collection of artwork. Following the tour, children will learn basic sculpture techniques and create a 3D art project.
Who Should Attend
Camden City youth ages 5-18. Group size is limited to 25 students with one adult supervisor required for every ten students.
Mondays & Fridays
Sessions are held two times each
Monday & Friday
9:30 am - 11:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Please note: We can be somewhat flexible if these times do not fit into your schedule.
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. On 3rd, between Cooper & Pearl Streets.
2) Storytelling in Words & Pictures:
You can’t miss “Tall Tales with Kyle J” - Everyone’s favorite storyteller, Kyle Jakubowski will weave his delightful word magic and captivate pre-school aged children through interactive storytelling. Each weekly session includes several different stories, which the children help to tell through call-and-response, creative movement, and other ways that provide engaged learning and encourage a love of words and an interest in reading. After the story, the children will create an artwork inspired by one of the stories.
Who Should Attend
Camden City youth ages 3-6 (Pre/K-1st grade). Group size is limited to 25 students with one adult supervisor required for every ten students.
Each week brings different stories. Story sessions are repeated four times each week.
Two 1-hour story sessions are held on each day:
10 am - 11 am
11 am - 12 pm
Camden County Library Branch @ Rutgers-Camden
Call for specific directions
3) Stage Adventures:
Enjoy a variety of exciting performances this summer at the Gordon Theater!
Who Should Attend
Performances are open to everyone, but are especially recommended for Camden City youth ages 4-18; Group size is not limited as long as there is available seating. A supervisor is required for every ten students.
Thursdays: July 12, 19, 26; August 2
10 am start time
All performances will be held in the air-conditioned Gordon Theater in the Fine Arts Building on the Rutgers-Camden Campus located on 3rd Street, between Cooper Street & the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Thursday, July 12
World Music Magic - Gina Ferrera
World Music Magic bridges the ancient and the future, inspired by global rhythm, percussion instruments, folkloric songs and dances from places like Ghana, Cuba, Brazil and Zimbabwe. Take a journey that explores traditional melodies and rhythms.
Thursday, July 19
Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Universal is an award-winning traditional African dance and drum ensemble featuring a multi-generational cast of amazingly talented artists and a stilt-walker!
Thursday, July 26
Jim West Productions - DINOSAURS!
Get ready to hobnob with Stegosaurus & T-Rex! Enjoy prehistory as Jim West mixes storytelling with the latest dinosaur discoveries, dino puppet-making ideas, and a rich musical score of Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Prokofiev.
Thursday, August 2
Queen Nur - Storytelling
Sweet Potato Pie & Such is a rich blend of tales, songs and rhymes celebrating African-American heritage and the art of storytelling, all accompanied by African percussion instruments.