Summer Art Academy for Kids

Art Academy FlierIf  your child likes to be in the spotlight, has a flare for drama, a dance in their step, or a song in their heart then this summer is the perfect time to tap into that energy. The River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University is providing the perfect outlet for young rising stars with the Summer Art Academy: a variety of classes in acting, dancing, and singing for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade.


The Summer Art Academy services hundreds of kids with an intense art experience, immersing them in a professional theatre atmosphere. Director Rhonda Weller-Stilson says it’s very high energy, “There’s little downtime, each class is about two or three hours with warm-up, script reading, singing songs, dancing, and it’s all taught by an experienced faculty member or graduate.” Each class runs for one week, with residential options. The students will produce a live performance at the end of the week where they can show off their new skills.

The River Campus also includes workshops for ceramics, drawing, painting, and other mediums, as well as music workshops for instruments and singing, and a Crisp Museum workshop titled ‘Machineworx’.

For many rural schools that lack the resources for a drama department the Summer Art Academy is an rare opportunity for students to take part in theatre and dance in a professional environment. Rhonda reflected that many students travel from as far as Farmington and Bloomfield to take part in the academy.

The influence of the art academy is apparent in the recurrence of their students, “We had two twin girls from Bloomfield who attended one of the first academies, they are both now majoring in musical theatre,” Rhonda said, “and another student who went to singing camp for two years in high school, she now works at the camp.”

The Summer Art Academy begins in June, with varying dates and classes. For all information including schedule and cost visit their website, or contact Janice Bittle at (573) 651-2149 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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