The summer program was the first introduced by Main IDEA in July of 2011. It is a 5-day introductory program for children to experience and explore their untrained art abilities. Each year, we work with 30-50 kids ages 8–12 in the Main South area of Worcester, MA, offering experience and exposure in the arts at no cost. We partner with local businesses and organizations to offer a variety of art disciplines: Music, Creative Drama, Creative Writing, Dance, and Visual Art. This program is not meant to teach or train advanced art techniques, but instead is designed to act as a doorway to various art curriculums. This year, the camp will allow each child to experience each art discipline for 1 day, with an Open House at the end of the week where each child and his/her parent/guardian can see what he/she experienced and accomplished throughout the week.
Each division of art is taught by a qualified and experienced Program Leader who is passionate about his/her art. Each Leader prepares a basic curriculum with various projects and activities to help the children get a good grasp on the fundamentals of the art form. Along with the Program Leaders, there is a network of CORI checked volunteers who assist with the operation of the program in a variety of ways, including: set-up, clean up, art activity/project assistance, escorting the children, putting together lunches, administrative assistance, transportation, directing/facilitating recess, and many other needs that a program of this capacity contains. Every volunteer also goes through training for their particular area of volunteering so they can best serve the program and each child.