What would you think of a summer camp where the arts are a vehicle through which children learn content, world history, take on big ideas through hands-on and imaginative activities and solve problems through critical thinking? Where the instructors aren’t college students on summer break but rather, nationally-renowned visual artists, NASA consultants, puppeteers, improvisational actors and photographers and mixed-media masters?
Welcome to the Mizel Museum’s Creative Journeys summer day camps in southeast Denver where kids ages 3-14 of all backgrounds and interests engage in meaningful learning through the arts.
My kids and I recently took at tour of this charming museum unassumingly tucked away in the South Hilltop neighborhood that took us on a “4,000-year road trip” through Jewish and world history. We learned about Jewish culture’s idea of sparks and how to find them within us to follow our passions.
Creative Journeys week-long summer camps are all about creating an environment where kids can explore, find that spark within them through exploring their inner curiosity in a cultural setting.
“We use art as a tool to engage kids in education and discussion about everything from science/engineering to being kind to animals,” says the Mizel Museum’s Lisa Rimmert. “It’s very hands-on, with lots of attention from the teaching artists. Kids get to express themselves creatively, make new friends with kids of all backgrounds and have awesome art and science projects to show for it. As a cultural institution, the museum can offer a very rich experience with interesting and important content.”
ArtRageous Pets, Compassionate Friends. Kids illustrate their favorite critters and are introduced to local animal welfare and service representatives.
Earth Shakin’ Planet. Join NASA consultants Tyler and Monica Aiello for this immersive summer camp that takes a holistic approach to exploring our unique planet
Comedy Kids: Improvisation and Cartooning. Talented local improviser/actress Abbie Booth leads this fast-paced, high-energy, week long journey through improvisational theatre.
Mighty Middle School Girls. This special camp is specifically designed to help middle school girls find and express their own individual path in a fun and personal way through creative arts
No Strings Attached: Puppets and Masks from Around the World. Join local puppeteer, Betsy Tobin, who will guide kids on a fun, interactive tour of puppet and mask traditions from around the world.
Tech Town: All Charged Up. Imaginations are charged as campers are introduced to engineering and electronics through the lens of art and culture.
High Octane Creativity Lab. Award winning art teacher Barth Quenzer and visiting artists will lead kids in an experimental journey through outside-the-box ideas, process-driven learning and self-expression through visual art and language.
Mile High Mamas is partnering with the Mizel Museum to give away a FREE week of camp! Be sure to enter the following raffle code on the form: 2014MHB. Please go here to enter: http://mizelmuseum.org/summer-camp-drawing/ Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are our own.