Go For The Gold At Capable Arts Camp 2021
May 21, 2021
Capable Arts Camp is back in person!
After being very on trend for 2020 with a virtual camp, McMains Children’s Developmental Center is pleased to bring back Capable Arts as an in-person camp for 2021. This year’s theme is the Summer Olympics.
What is Capable Arts Camp?
Our camp is unique in the Baton Rouge area. For a week each year, we welcome children with disabilities along with their siblings to experience summer camp together. Over the course of the week campers are guided by professional artists with help from our therapists and other volunteers to create visual and performance art in an ability-inclusive setting.
Why do we host Capable Arts?
Summer camp is an important and memorable part of many people’s childhood. Lifelong friendships are developed, memories are made, experiences shared, and independence is developed and encouraged. Often, it can be difficult for children with disabilities to participate in that experience, especially alongside their friends and siblings. Our goal is to help all children live as full and independent a life as possible and enjoying these kinds of universal childhood experiences is a part of that.
Art is also a way to further solidify therapy gains. It can help everyone express themselves, learn to work with and through difficult emotions, and helps with concentration and focus. Following the directions of the artists is a way to develop fine motor skills and work on communication through following directions, while communication and gross motor skills are essential to dance and movement activities.
And, of course, little is more beneficial to children who may often feel like outsiders than the sense of accomplishment they get from finishing a project and being included rather than sidelined.
This year’s camp is June 21-24, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. If you would like more information or a registration packet, email Kim Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.