week 5 homestretch

Veiled in a smoky layer of heat, and amidst a unique plethora of studio choices, origami artist Yuki Martin taught campers how to make useful utilitarian objects from paper and this week’s storyteller, Alton Chung, made a guest appearance in the Theatre Studio to play out slow-motion theatre […]

week 5 and keeping cool

Art Camp photographer Sonja Bales’s quote for the day: I’ve noticed kids laugh less as it gets hotter. And yet . .. . her pictures speak for themseleves. Today we heated up Art Camp by just being art camp cool with clay finger puppets, animated floating moon worlds, […]

week 5 – Momotaro!

    Today, we heard the first days of four parts of Momotaro, where otasa (father) and okasa (mother) find an oh so oshi (delicious) peach floating along the river and take it home to eat only to find they now have a small child in their lives […]

top of week 5 – monday

  Old and new friends came together today to sing the cherished Grace Art Camp tune and share the Four R’s of Community.  We were all entertained by  Under the Cherry Blossom Tree, a favorite ancient rakugo, or “joke tale”, about a mean old grumpy man who ends […]

last minute tidbits week 4

Over the past four days, art campers have folded themselves into an incredible origami community that we will share and honor tomorrow. The gate will open tomorrow at 2:45pm for families to join this week’s celebration at 3pm. Unfolding over the last two days  were a guest appearance […]

week 4 hump day

  Wednesday brought Portland Taiko to camp for the  whole day demonstrating that perseverance, respect, and collaboration are essential to creating a cohesive community beautiful sounds, and learning new skills of all kinds!

Three local Japanese-American events, family style!

Vibrant, joyous, colorful! The American obon festival is a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds with Buddhist rituals, hanging lanterns, food booths and games, music, and bon odori, communal dances encircling a central platform. Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center’s museum exhibit, American Obon: Dancing in Joy and Remembrance, explores the roots […]

week 4, midsummer

Konichiwa GAC Kazoku! (Good Afternoon GAC Families) Yesterday old and new friends came together to sing the cherished Grace Art Camp tune and share the Four R’s of Community.  We were all entertained by a very old makura or “pillow story” to set the stage for the week. […]