Recap & Review: Summer Arts Camp 2011
Our 2011 Summer Arts Camp hosted 67 campers for a fun filled 6 week session during the summer break from school. Hosting 67 campers, the 2011 Camp saw a 50/50 mix of new campers and returning campers with children coming from an AIDS hospice, the Phnom Penh Municipal Orphanage and children our own AIDS Patient Family Support Program.
The structure remained as in previous years, with resident Apsara Arts Association students actively engaged to offer Campers a warm welcome and extra assistance as needed. Campers participated in a curriculum that included a an introduction and /or review of the basics of Cambodian dance, introduction to traditional Khmer stories, music and instruments. Teaching staff included Senior Apsara students apprentice teachers and staff teachers. Some campers also participated in music lessons, which depended upon availability of instruments. Campers who completed the full 6 weeks session received a certificate of achievement and participated in the end of session recital performance and party.
A new play was introduced in 2011 as a modern compliment to the traditional Cambodian dance experience. This new play was expressed in dance with characters portrayed as animals in the forest. This new play centered upon a theme that showed how corruption and abuse of can impact a community, and was meant to provide moral insights to students that can easily be transferred to modern daily life in Cambodia.
The new play was performed at the recital performance and the closing party was attended by members of the clergy, staff from the Orphanage and a few parents from children from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program.
Originally started as a trial program in 2009, we will continue the Summer Arts Camp as long as dedicated funding support can be found .
To everyone who made this Camp possible, please accept our heartfelt thanks and the thanks of children who attended the 2011 Summer Arts Camp.
With best wishes for 2011, we look forward to haring another summer with you and the children in our Summer Arts Camp.
Barbara & Mark Rosasco