“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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It is with very heavy hearts that the Grace Institute Board and Administrative Team Staff have determined that we need to postpone Grace Art Camp 2020 to next summer in the utmost concern for the safety of our campers and staff. Restrictions on social distancing and group size limits in Oregon and Multnomah County will be invoked throughout the summer. Social distancing is not possible at Grace Art Camp; in fact, we are joyfully just the opposite!

The best and safest course of action going forward is to move the whole of Grace Art Camp 2020 to summer 2021. This includes everything: the theme Stories from Mexico – Viejo y Nuevo, the stories, the artists and staff, the campers and all the wonderful projects we are planning.

You do not need to do anything! Beginning May 8, we will transfer all registered and waitlisted campers (including scholarship candidates) to Grace Art Camp 2021 in our registration management system. Transferred families will have a pre-registration period mid-February 2021 during which time you will have first choice of weeks (woohoo!) and the opportunity to verify and update grade levels, and other authorizations. Transferring camp in its entirety allows you to keep your registered place(s) in camp–You are in!  Please note, we are also transferring current 6th Graders (in this school year 2019-2020) even though they may be 13-years old during camp in 2021. It will be their choice to attend or receive a full refund. Those on the waitlist will be contacted after the transfer for follow-up details. If you have any additional questions about registration, please contact the Registrar at

Posted May 4, 2020 


Knowing the effects of COVID-19 are far-reaching, if families need to withdraw now, we can refund the full tuition amount. Please consider donating $30 to cover our administrative and merchant fees associated with each refund. Of course, you will be welcome to register for available 2021 openings next March. If you need to request a refund, please contact the Business Manager 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


Rates for one week of camp in 2020/21 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 Camps and Grace Institute, click here. We appreciate your generosity!


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.