“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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Precautions for Summer 2021

While Grace Art Camp is many weeks away, holding camp safely for all is our top priority. With a smaller camp footprint, we are planning for stable cohort color groups of 12 or fewer campers, set directional 3-studio rotations per day, and five outdoor studios including a very large, tented and floating floor outdoor gathering space in a section of our parking lot. For indoor studios, we will have continual air movement with virus level (MERV13) air filtration throughout the campus. All windows will be open and constant cleaning will be deployed. Camp will include mask wearing by all, social distancing as much as possible, mindful hand washing, and outdoor-only (mask wearing) singing. Split lunch rotation (outdoor as much as possible), and socially distanced recess planning and more are in the works.

We closely monitor recommendations from the CDC, OHA, ODE and American Camp Association, paying special attention to guidelines for camps and schools. Grace Institute is fortunate to have the oversight of a Portland Community College safety compliance officer, who assists in implementing complex health department rules into best practices to ensure the safest possible environment for our campers and staff. In addition, we continually consult with current elementary school teachers, OHSU medical staff, and other healthcare professionals. Our year-round and seasonal staff are all slated to be fully vaccinated for a safe, joyful, and creative Grace Art Camp this summer!

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


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  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!

Cancellation and Refund Policy 2021 – 2022 – If parents/guardians need to cancel their camp session/s, a full tuition refund, minus a $30 administration fee, can be made if parents/guardians notify Grace Art Camp on or before May 21, 2021.  We are sorry, we cannot make refunds after May 21, for individual days not attended, or for an officially ordered closure of any kind.  In the unlikely case of an ordered closure, we can offer a full donation tax receipt, or we can transfer your tuition as a credit to Grace Art Camp 2022 with guaranteed placement. Thank you for your understanding.


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 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.


. . . 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.


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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