Five year old Milan Veal is keeping busy, attending her first Rockford Art Camp. Milan says she loves “Hip hopping, dancing, and meeting new friends.”
It’s an arts camp for creative kids ages 5-13.
Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC) Executive Director Sharon Nesbit-Davis says, “They have a choice of taking art, two different kinds of dance, modern and hip hop. They get to do rap. They do choir. We have creative writing this year for the first time.”
Jamari Williams has been coming to RAAC Camp since he was just five. He says, “I usually pick video, maybe hip hop and creative writing or rap or something like that.”
This year, he’s working as a volunteer to help some of the newer camp goers. Jamari says older kids can get a lot out of RAAC camp too. “You don’t have to do crime. You can express yourself in different ways. Do arts. This should keep kids out of trouble. That’s what I think this actually does.” says Jamari.
On the last day, campers do a performance and art exhibit for friends and families.
Nesbit-Davis says she loves to see what kids are capable of doing when given the chance. “What they’re able to do in such a short amount of time. They learn those steps. They memorize lines. They create artwork that is frame able. The parents are always really impressed.” says Nesbit-Davis.
Another session of RAAC Camp will be held July 10th-20th. It’s free and is open to kids ages 5-13.
For more information contact Rockford Area Arts Council at (815) 963-6765 or at www.artsforeveryone.com.