CHAW Announces CHAW Summer: Arts Exploration Camps

By Editorial Team on February 10, 2016
Photo from the Anacostia River Festival. Courtesy of CHAW.
Photo from the Anacostia River Festival. Courtesy of CHAW.


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Online registration is now open for the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) summer camp program, CHAW Summer: Arts Exploration Camps. For almost forty-five years, CHAW has offered high quality arts programming in a safe and dynamic space that encourages Confidence, Creativity, and Community, and we are thrilled to once again extend this learning to the summer months.

The CHAW Summer experience provides just the right balance of creativity and recreation in a welcoming community of friends both old and new. The flexible program fits all kinds of schedules, and, as with all CHAW programs, they offer tuition assistance and payment plans to ensure that a CHAWsome summer may be made available to all.

Camp Director Leslie Mansour said, “To us, it’s not “just” an arts camp, because art is life. Everything we do should focus and have art incorporated into it. So kids are not just coming in to learn about art: they’re learning about life, about themselves, and about how to fit into the world genuinely and not lose sight of that. Art keeps the focus on those authentic feelings of identity and the community you belong to–and art provides a lens on how you can change the world with that perspective.”

This year, science and arts collide in both the Jr. Arts Camp and Arts Adventure camp programs, which run in June and July. For younger students, art and science provide the perfect creative backdrop for imaginative play spaces, social development and curiosity driven activities. Older arts adventurers will explore the scientific wonders of art, from art mysteries to intergalactic landscapes. Each week culminates in demonstrations for family and friends, showcasing the learning and creativity of the campers.

In August, they will devote their days to specialized camps dedicated to developing techniques and skills in the performing arts.  These camp opportunities range from “Shake it Off” Dance Camp to “Only Make Believe” theatre camp, and wrap up with the wildly popular “String Fling!” violin, viola, and cello camp.

When asked about the impact of CHAW Summer, Mansour continued, “There’s something about summer at CHAW that feels like home. There’s so much excitement; there are new friendships, new opportunities to learn–and a sense of freedom in the building even though days are structured and organized.  It’s a breath of fresh air and the days are long and anything feels possible.  Kids are so funny and have such humorous, insightful comments, and to watch them change and grow throughout the summer–it makes your heart hurt a little, just swell up, thinking about all of the possibilities of who they can be.  CHAW is just the vehicle and the meeting point–they’re the ones who are doing it, they’re transforming themselves.”

CHAW offers a variety of programming through our half-day Jr. Arts Camp (for PreK, ages 4 and 5) and full-day Arts Adventure Camp (for Grades K-5).  Jr. Arts Camp takes place 9am-12:30pm and Arts Adventure Camp takes place 9am-4:30pm; both with the option of extended day before and after care.  Sessions are offered weekly from June 20 through July 29.  Specialty performing arts camps, including dance, theatre, and music, will be offered in one-week, half-day sessions from August 1 through August 20 for ages 4 through 12 (no before or after care will be provided).  Prices for Jr. Arts Camp range from $250 to $315; for Arts Adventure Camps from $395 to $495; for specialty camps from $315 to $400; $35 per week for before care; and $70 per week for after care.

To learn more and register, visit CHAW at their website,, or give us a call at 202-547-6839.