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NJPAC’s Arts Education Summer Camp returns to in-person learning for Summer 2022. The award-winning arts education Summer Camp introduces NJPAC’s Colton Institute for Training and Research in the Arts. This dynamic new initiative supports and advances NJPAC’s Arts Education programs, including best-in-class hip hop, jazz, poetry, and theater classes happening this summer.

For all students enrolling in one of NJPAC’s summer programs, students are offered at no cost to participate in Free programs. The bonus class choices are Community Meeting: daily social check-in with your classmates (included as part of your class time,) In The Mix: an online clubhouse to explore social justice in your life and the world (free optional add-on) and Creative Coaching: one-on-one mentorship with a professional NJPAC teaching artist (free optional add-on).

City Verses: Jazz And Poetry Program at Rutgers –Newark Campus
Summer Programs
 13 – 18
Dates: July 18 – 30
Times: 9:30AM – 4:15PM
Tuition: Free

Calling all teen musicians, singers, poets, and writers. Creativity ignites when students explore, experiment, and express themselves at NJPAC’s Arts Education FREE City Verses Summer Camp. NJPAC invites students to register for FREE City Verses summer camp this July. This is an in-person program that will be held at Rutgers University-Newark campus, a few blocks away from NJPAC. The program is for students that would like to learn how to, or develop their existing skills, expressing themselves by composing their own music and collaborating with poets.

Together, students will learn about and create jazz poetry, a uniquely American art form that blends verses and rhythm, song and swing. During this two-week, in-person day camp held at Rutgers-Newark University, students will collaborate with other young creators to share their unique stories and perspectives. Camp sessions will be co-taught by NJPAC’s distinguished jazz faculty and Rutgers talented MFA poetry candidates. Registration opens February 2022. This Program is open to students Ages 13 – 18.

This program is part of NJPAC’s unique City Verses initiative developed in partnership with Rutgers-Newark University

Requirements to be accepted in the program:

  • Students must be between 13 and 18 years old
  • Students must be an instrumentalist or vocalist with some experience and an interest in jazz.
  • Student must be interested in perfecting their writing skills or have an interest in poetry with an interest in expressing themselves through the written word, honing your writing skills, and exploring the process of collaborating with musicians.
  • Students who are selected will participate in up to 4 hours of workshop/lecture-style sessions Monday–Friday, and a final share of their work on Sunday, August 15, 2021:
  • Week 1 – Composition Intensive
    • Introduction to the cross-disciplinary collaboration process of jazz poetry. The majority of the time will be spent with faculty and students in their specific discipline (jazz or poetry), learning the building blocks of composition within each area.
  • Week 2 – Jazz and Poetry Composition Collaboration
    • Building off of the pedagogic highlights that were instilled in Week 1, students will be paired in small groups to explore and create their own original work, guided by faculty.

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