“The role of the storyteller is to awaken the storyteller in others.”   –Jack Zipes

Artists are committed to the overall success of the camp, holding to the camp values, vision, and mission.  Artists must be comfortable leading larger groups of children in mixed ages 4 ½ -12, be diplomatic, possess excellent communication skills, and present a welcoming presence to all campers, counselors, and fellow staff members. Artists share of their process and passion for what they do with campers and each other, as well as provide mentorship to the young developing leaders who fulfill the counselor roles at camp.


Studio Artists for all art camps, classes, and events are professional and teaching artists with experience in a specific artistic discipline who enjoy working with children of all ages as well as mentoring young adult counselors. Studio Artists have a keen ability and interest in global cultural awareness as well as synthesizing one’s own creative process and sharing this with others.

Studio projects presented at Grace Art Camp, Peace Camp, Spring Camp, individual classes, or workshops, must be pre-approved by the Grace Institute Director for artistic originality, relevance, and cultural content at least two weeks before anticipated presentation.

Artists typically work 2 to 5 weeks at the camp from late June to mid-August.

Examples of GAC Art Studios: Animation Arts, Books Arts, Ceramics & Sculpture, Collage, Drawing & Illustration, Fiber/Textile Arts, Glass, Music & Dance, Paper Arts, Printmaking, Theatre, T-shirt Design, and more depending on what individual artists may bring of their own skills and areas of expertise.


Each camp morning, professional storytellers tell a piece of the week’s story to campers at Morning Assembly where the ritual of singing songs and listening to the story begins its flow through the activities to take place throughout the week. Storytellers may have other artistic areas of interest as well and sometimes participate in studios during the week as a Studio Artist.


These roles are ever changing depending on the camp’s cultural theme for the summer and their availability.  Guest Artist are usually integrated into the camp on a regular weekly basis to perform or sharing a presentation for the entire camp.

Some Guest Artists and Artists-in-Residence are integrated into the entire week session through out the summer as a guest for an entire day in a specific studio or even a week. These positions are sponsored in most part through various community grants.


The ASA is a current or recently graduated college students who have experience, training, or career aspirations in a specific area of artistic interest or childhood development.

ASAs are expected to enter into the life of the camp, taking part in assemblies, singing, and the various activities that lift up the core direction of the camp.  When not needed in the Studio, the ASA may be asked to fill in in other areas of camp. Responsibilities include daily/weekly studio setup and cleanup, and any other areas related to studio work as assigned by the supervising Artist. This may include project presentation and instruction and the ability to present projects to children and run the studio on their own should the opportunity arise.

An ASA typically works 2 to 7 weeks of camp and may be asked to attend the Artists’ orientation, special meetings, in addition to the Orientation held on the Friday or Saturday before the first week of camp.

For more information please contact the Director, Ashley Smith at


For more information and a broader sense of how each role fits within the larger community, please be sure to check out these other pages:
Counseling Staff
Counselors-in-Training (CIT)