Summer Camp and Digital Stories
Our summer programs bring together youth from immigrant families to explore their cultural backgrounds through art projects, field trips, storytelling, and photography.
In July 2012 we ran our first two-week day camp for children ages 9-12. Nine campers from Haiti, Guatemala, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Guyana came together to create photography, cooking, and art projects. Campers learned about their families' backgrounds and to share their cultures and stories with each other.
Making Haitian coleslaw provided an opportunity to compare the foods their families eat, while painting paper-mache masks led to a conversation about what makes up their cultural identities. The campers also established lasting connections with each other through outdoor teambuilding games, and a field trip on the ferry to the USS Constitution.
Click here to watch a video about the 2013 Culture Camp.
Click here to watch a video about the 2012 Culture Camp.
In the past, youth have participated in a six-week summer program, in which they completed their own digital story -- combining images and narrative so that they could present their own voice and vision to the community. Along the way, they interviewed family members about their immigrant backgrounds, explored the city's neighborhoods, took field trips, and discussed issues that concerned them in the neighborhood.
Click here to watch the videos.