Pssst! Did you hear about the summer camp scholarships at The Arts Center?

by Sandra Foyt on June 28, 2011

in Enrichment Ideas

Don’t let cost keep your child from an amazing summer camp experience at The Arts Center in Troy, NY. The Arts Center has so many need-based scholarships – with guidelines generous enough to be applicable for working families – that they are having trouble giving them all away!

And there are so many interesting programs, suitable for a wide range of age groups, that you are bound to find at least one that interests your child.


Last spring, my son raved about The Art Center’s Comics and Graphic Novel camp with teacher and storyteller, Ira Marks.  In a week, he learned a ton as they covered a lot of ground, but it was in a fun, engaging, and low-stress workshop environment. When the class ended, my son wanted to know when he could sign up to do it again!

This is just one of many, many camp programs being offered this summer at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. (See press release below.)

Summer Scholarships at The Arts Center

Over 100 summer scholarships available for summer camps at The Arts Center.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is offering need-based scholarships to children aged 6-16 who qualify. Assistance for over 100 camp sessions is available to provide access to engaging camps taught by professional artists.

Every week, there are a variety of sessions to chose from, each focusing on a particular theme, activity, or art form. Themes range from puppetry to graphic novels to moviemaking to making musical instruments from everyday objects. Sessions last for one week, running from June 27 to Sept. 2. Camps are full-day for children ages 6 to 11, with full-day and half-day options for teens ages 12 to 16. Camps take place at The Arts Center’s state of the art facility on the river in Troy.

Low and moderate income families may qualify for assistance, and proof of income must be provided. As part of the scholarship award, students are eligible for early morning 8 a.m. drop-off and 5 p.m. late pick-up.

To receive a scholarship application, please call The Arts Center at 518-273-0552.

These scholarships are available due to the generosity of the City of Troy’s Community Development Block Grant Program, Rensselaer County Department of Youth, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Foundation, The Times Union “Hope Fund,” McCarthy Charities, Stewart’s Holiday Match and the O’Bryan Family Foundation.

To register for summer camps, please call (518)273-0551 x 231, or visit the website at Scholarship applicants must apply prior to camp registration.

For information, contact Lauren Hittinger at 518.273.0552 ex 229 or

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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