Exousia Media Group has expanded its March Break camp into the summer.
Exousia Media Group is a Christian organization that merges spiritual education with the arts. Headed by award winning playwright Cheryl Nembhard, the goal is to acquaint young people with the arts in a positive Christian environment by using the kind of mediums that appeal to them; such as music, drama, dance and poetry. “It’s really about using arts as therapy in a way,” says Nembhard. “The summer camp fits right in with our mandate because there’s something magical when you bring children and arts together. It’s a wonderful time for kids to develop, and really come into themselves and build confidence.”
Working with children has been Nembhard’s lifelong passion. She has created summer arts camps for the Toronto City Mission, which is one of the largest and oldest missions around for children. Her focus has always been on at-risk and low income youth. But this summer camp is open to children of all backgrounds. She has taken the traditional summer camp model and added the component of spirituality, character building and art skills.
The EMG Summer Camp gives participants an opportunity to experience a taste of all the performing arts, with a different focus each week. Participants can attend all the weeks or just the ones that interest them.
Drama Week - includes miming, improv, and musical theatre.
Vocal/Music Week - includes spoken word, instruments, singing, learning how to create and deliver thoughts and emotions.
Dance Week - includes modern, hip hop and afro cuban dance instruction
Visual Arts Week - includes painting, working with clay, paper mache and water colors.
Each week ends with a performance that includes all of the elements learned, where the parents come and see how their children have developed.
All of the programming will be overseen by Nembhard who will be hand picking facilitators from the arts community. “The best of the best will be passing on their knowledge to our participants.”
As for what parents can expect from the daily routine; in the early morning there will be fun bible stories, worship songs and arts instruction.“The theme we chose was God’s Superpower Squad,” says Nembhard. “We want to let these kids know that they ARE superheroes - they can do anything.” Participants will be learning life lessons about confidence, humility, love, kindness, being considerate and forgiving.
In the afternoons, traditional summer camp activities will get underway such as sports, water games, movies and swimming.
Space is limited, there will be a maximum of 35 spaces per week. Personal attention will be paid to every child. “We also want people to know that we have a growing list of low income kids that would like to attend the program. If you are able to sponsor a child, it would be greatly appreciated,” says Nembhard.
Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2737 Bayview Ave, Toronto
Cost: $125 per week includes morning and afternoon snack and beverage
Snacks include fresh fruit raw vegetables
Time: 9am to 3:30pm
Early bird drop off available from 7am
Late pick up available until 5:30pm
Dates: August 4 to 29
Ages: 5 to 15
Deadline to register: July 30 2014
Phone: 416 477 5113