Seeds of Change Summer Camp (Park Slope)

Seeds of Change Summer Camp (Park Slope)


Join activists and artists Aviva Jobin-Leeds and Mikaela Gonzalez in a summer program that encourages the questioning of values through art!

At Seeds of Change Summer Camp, we aim to help kids become aware of their surroundings and of the values that are being communicated to them within different spaces.

We will embark on a field trip each week, to museums, community spaces, and performances. We will process these spaces as a group using theatre and dialogue. 

We will make masks, puppets, a small mural and a final performance throughout the four weeks of camp to process and display our learnings. See schedule below for a more detailed breakdown of each week. We invite you to join for one week or for several!

Ages: 8-14
Days: Monday-Friday
Times: 9am-4pm
Dates: June 19-23, June 26-30, July 17-21, July 24-28

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On any given day, we will begin at the school space in the morning . We will review the plan for the day, and then work on our art project of the week before we embark on our field trip or our time at the park, and then return to the school space for the afternoon. The first week we will create masks, the second week we will make rod puppets, the third week we will design and begin painting a small mural, and the fourth week we will finish the mural and create a performance piece to model a strong functioning community for the opening of our mural!

WEEK 1 : MASKS  JUNE 19-23

Campers will be introduced to Mask Making with a visual tour of Mask Traditions. They will create plaster molds of their faces for their first project. We will take a field trip to the Brooklyn Museum for the exhibit: 

"We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85"

We will talk about representation in the arts and in this culture, encouraging students to notice what they usually see in an art museums, and what they would like to see more of. We will ask them to turn inward and name qualities they would like to wear on their masks both everyday, and in the world of characters which we will create through masked theater exercises, using our second set of masks which we will create with clay molds and paper maché. From 12-2 each day we will eat lunch and play games in Prospect Park.


Campers will be introduced to puppetry through videos and live performance in Prospect Park by the Camp Leaders. We will plan and create puppets with cardboard, clay, and paper maché. Our field trip this week will be to see a selected Puppet Show in the area. On Friday afternoon we will perform a choreographed parade for the parents in Prospect Park. From 12-2 each day we will eat lunch and play games in Prospect Park.


Our week will begin with morning puppetry and afternoon field trips to two nearby murals, created by school groups with messages about female empowerment and respect. We will project images of murals from around the world for inspiration in the mornings. We will do group discussions through movement exercises with the prompts of the community values that we understand from the murals we will come in contact with. We will create a puppet show performance based on the ideas that come from this processing. From 12-2 each day but Monday we will eat lunch and play games in Prospect Park.


The field trip this week will will bring us to community gardens with shared community values. We will be discussing the ways that systems work through movement, building upon the movement vocabulary that we have established. We will create dance sequences in a circle exercise, adding on a move with each person we reach until we have a full dance sequence circle. Another movement exercise, The Machine will encourage the children to create dynamic systems of movement inspired by ideas that will become more and more complex throughout the time together. We will begin with ideas such as “hope” and “building” and develop into Machines that are informed by the way schools, trains, and other systems around them function. We will present a performance piece dance sequence "Community Machine" on Friday afternoon, which will include puppet characters from previous weeks. From 12-2 each day we will eat lunch and play games in Prospect Park.

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