Artletics at the Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., is offering a fun-filled, eight-week summer camp program to explore, create and imagine.
Camp dates are June 29 through Aug. 20, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with optional Rise-n-Shine (7-8:30 a.m.) and After Camp (3:30-5 p.m.) hours available. Lunch is provided. Camp ages are 5-12, and the cost is $200 a week, $175 a week for members. The Rise-n-Shine and After Camp programs are each an additional $20 a week. There is tuition assistance for those who qualify.
“We know this summer is different, but we understand how important Artletics is. In spite of all that is happening, we are planning and hopeful that Artletics will go on,” said RACC Executive Director Tamalin Martin.
“We will follow the recommendations from Oneida County, the county Department of Health and the Office of Children and Family Services to provide a safe, healthy and fun program. When our governor and county executive give the final OK, we will be ready.”
Artletics registration packets can be picked up and dropped off at the Rome Art and Community Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or downloaded from the RACC website at romeart.org/site/artletics Additional information is available on the website or call 315-336-1040. Check the art center out on Facebook too at www.facebook.com/RomeArtandCommunityCenter.
Days will be filled with activities to include fine arts, sports, drama and games sessions. Each week has a unique theme with motivational moments all day long.
“We are also incorporating activities that promote positive social-emotional skills,” said Martin. “Art, music and drama appreciation sessions will be occurring all summer long with guest visits from musicians, thespians and artisans. We will host weekly art/drama shows to show off the accomplishments of our campers.”
New this year is the Junior Counselor opportunity. This is a leadership development program for highly responsible young people ages 13-15, who have previously participated in Artletics.
It is a chance to take on a leadership role in a positive learning environment with valuable on-the-job training. There are a limited number of spots available. Anyone interested in applying for this should contact the director at RACC.
This year’s camp director is a past Artletics counselor, Elizabeth Libertella. She is a Rome native who is studying elementary education at SUNY Oneonta. She has been studying dance since the age of seven and is the ballet mistress at the John Hayes O’Neill Studio of Dance.
To run Artletics, a minimum number of campers is needed. However, due to social distancing guidelines, the art center will have to cap the number of campers. It will be on a first come, first serve basis.