Imagine Summer Arts Camp kicks off again

Amalgamating music, dance, and theater, the camp is initiating a new method of performing arts education.
by Sally Farhat

9 July 2018 | 12:51

Source: by Annahar

  • by Sally Farhat
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 9 July 2018 | 12:51

This picture shows campers from ISAC 2017. (Photo courtesy of LAU)

BEIRUT: For music, dance, and theater to meet again, the second edition of the first arts camp in the region returns this year to redefine performing arts once more.

The Department of Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University is launching Imagine Summer Arts Camp 2018 (ISAC), on July 16. Campers aged 12 to 17 will be introduced to various arts disciplines in a three-week period.

“Summer camps should play a role in filling the gap of school education,” said Amr Selim, Ph.D., Director of ISAC, and Assistant Professor of music at LAU.

Amalgamating music, dance, and theater, the camp is initiating a new method of performing arts education.

“Performing arts is one unit; and to become a professional, you need to know about all three disciplines,” Selim told Annahar, adding that the camp is designed to educate students who will become well-rounded artists, who are able to connect the dots of different art forms and grow into creators who will potentially produce superlative works.

“By the end of the camp, all our campers get out of their comfort zone and learn about different art forms they might have previously thought they disliked,” he added.

According to Selim, the staff working with the campers are all chosen from the faculty of university professors, to bring their long educational experience and connections in the industry to the summer session, to better introduce campers to all the how’s necessary in the field of arts.

Beyond familiarizing campers with arts disciplines, the three-week summer camp also plays a role in building a small community able to think critically and accept diversity.

“I don’t see this summer camp as only an introduction to arts,” said Selim. “I feel it goes much more beyond that to expand their knowledge and make them understand that imagination is a good thing and that being different is okay,” he added.

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