“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” ― Maya Angelou
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IF YOU TRANSFERRED FROM Grace Art Camp 2020…
You do not need to re-register on March 1. You are in for 2021!
Open Registration for new Campers begins March 1. See more information on the Registration page here.
There will be a period in early February 2021 during which you will have the opportunity to change weeks and to verify and update grade levels, medical information, and all necessary authorizations, all of which must be completed before Camp. Please note, we have also transferred current 6th Graders from the school year 2019-2020, even though they may be in 7th grade and 13-years old during camp in this coming summer.
If you do not remember your registration status (after this hectic year) simply contact the Registrar at Mariannk@grace-institute.org
IF YOUR FAMILY HAS BEEN ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY COVID-19
We have always considered “extenuating circumstances” in awarding scholarships, and any consequences affecting our Grace Art Camp families due to the pandemic and economic downturn will be given serious consideration. Our Business Manager, Annie Rimmer-Weeks, can help you make that switch — contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about scholarships please go to our Scholarship page here.
Rates for one week of camp in 2021 is $375. We are committed to providing the camp opportunity to everyone who would like to attend. We offer full and partial scholarships to families based upon financial need. For more information about how you can financially support Grace Art Camp and Grace Institute, click here. We appreciate your generosity!
Precautions for Summer 2021
While Grace Art Camp is several months away, holding camp safely for all is our top priority. We are planning for small cohort color groups, more outdoor studios (wherever we can), and currently working on creating an outdoor gathering space. For indoor studios, we are attaching virus level (MERV13) air filters onto all of our box fans for highly filtered air movement. All windows will be open and continual cleaning will be deployed.
We closely monitor changing recommendations from both the CDC, OHA and ODE, paying special attention to guidelines for the re-opening of camps and schools. Grace Institute is fortunate to have the guidance of a Portland Community College safety compliance officer, who helps us translate health department rules into best practices to ensure the safety of our campers, their families, and our staff. In addition, we consult with current elementary school teachers, OHSU medical staff, and other healthcare professionals. With the increasing availability of vaccines for all our staff, we remain optimistic for a joyful and creative Grace Art Camp this summer (with mask wearing)!
SUPPORTING YOUR ART CAMPER
Creativity is something wonderful that happens unexpectedly and, you recognize it when it happens. It’s important not to have a predetermined outcome. Getting too tied up in producing a product can stifle the creative process. Creativity should not be rated, graded or valued by product. Everyone is artistic.
During Grace Art Camps, campers collectively produce many pieces of unique art! Camp staff, and campers themselves, work very hard to keep every piece of art labeled with your child’s name and color group. Some of this art does not get picked up due to unplanned absences or simply gets lost-in-the-shuffle. Art that is left behind will be arranged by the week your camper attends, their Color Group, name, and by “no-name.”
- If your camper is missing a treasured creation, or has another camper’s art by mistake, please email email@example.com as soon as possible to set up a time to come in during camp or staff hours.
- All art work and lost and found items will kept through the Friday after Labor Day after which they will be recycled, reused, or donated.
WE ARE NUT – FREE . . .
. . . even when we all feel a little nutty! Please help keep Grace Art Camp a nut free community for the safety of those with severe nut allergies by refraining from sending any kind of nut products to camp with your child. Camp provides all campers nut-free mid-morning snacks: they are not free of other allergens. If your child’s tolerance level is low, we recommend that snacks be sent from home.
Lunchtime is supervised and campers who end up with nut products in their lunches will eat away from assembly areas with a counselor. Children with life-threatening allergies may eat with friends slightly apart from the main group in a “nut-free zone.”
Allergy information concerning campers with specific life-threatening allergies, or other medical needs, along with symptoms and specific treatment recommended by parents, are shared with all staff on a weekly basis. Several staff members are trained to use epi-pens. Be sure to include all vital information on your camper’s registration form and email us to set up a phone conversation in special situations. You are welcome to discuss specific medical needs and meet with the Camp Director or the Registrar before your child’s week at camp begins.
DO GRACE ART CAMPS HAVE RELIGIOUS CONTENT?
Grace Institute is a secular organization, and its Grace Art Camps and Classes do not contain religious teaching. Occasionally mention of religion in a historical or cultural context is appropriate. Grace Art Camp was founded upon the basic values of respect, responsibility, resourcefulness and receptivity. In showing kindness to others and in building community, we acknowledge our differences while celebrating all of those things we share through stories and the creative process.
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