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EAC is pleased to offer two ‘camp’ experiences for youth this summer. First up is the Paper Orchestra project, in June. Following in July will be EAC’s Summer Arts Camp.

The Paper Orchestra Project

Ages 8 to 11, June 24-28 with a finale performance on June 29!  Led by Alice Schuth.Sing, move and craft in the PAPER ORCHESTRA, a hands-on program that introduces the four orchestral string instruments. Students will begin to find their musical voice while becoming instrument-ready. Beginning skills will be taught to both children and adults. Parents encouraged to join in the fun of building a papier-mâché instrument and participating in the sessions with their child. Helpers will be on staff to help the children with construction. (No student will be turned away).

Class schedule is 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Thursday, June 24-27; and 12:30-4:30 pm, Friday, June 28. The project conclusion is a performance by the group at 10 am, Saturday, June 29. Student fee for the week is $120; a sliding fee scale (pay what you can) is available by request. $120 fee, sliding fee scale (pay what you can) by request. Space limited; Register (required) to

Instructor Alice Schuth boasts a rich background in music education, community building, and performance. A fiddle player trained as a classical violinist, Schuth founded the youth orchestra Eastport Strings and the Paper Orchestra Project. Her influence has attracted professional musicians to Eastport, resulting in concerts and workshops that have enriched the local community. Alice’s recent project, Moose Island Contra Etc. (MICE), showcases her versatility as a musician, with the band hosting a lively ‘Last Saturday Contra Dance’  at the Eastport Arts Center as a regular quarterly event. Support for this program has been provided by the Anomino Foundation and a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

Summer Arts Camp

July 15-16-17 • Ages 6-18, projects tailored for campers’ ageWith Ann Cannizzaro, art & Danny Holt, music

EAC SUMMER ARTS CAMP, ‘Moods across Media’ will be an exploration of how the arts help us to find balance in a complex world. Students will explore their ‘calm’ with three different art methods and materials, something new each day, and enjoy movement and music breaks and discussion.

Class schedule is 1-4 pm, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 15-17. The camp is offered for children ages 6 to 18; older children and teens will enjoy modified versions of the projects.

The camp is offered free of charge—with a catch: a deposit of $45 is required for each participant, but will be refunded on the last day. All materials and snacks will be provided. Space is limited, and registration is required: email to reserve a place. 

Cannizzaro is a seasoned educator, artist, and lifelong learner living in Downeast Maine. She has taught arts and craft classes for all ages, including many at EAC, with a practical, step-by-step approach. She is excited to meet a new group of campers, and to encourage them to help, learn from, and be inspired by each other. 

Energetic professional pianist Danny Holt has played around the globe, and enjoys a mix of performing, teaching and composing, with a side of hiking and donuts! He relocated recently from Southern California to Downeast Maine, where he has enjoyed a stretch of teaching elementary-level music at the Elm Street School.

Support for Summer Arts Camp has been provided by the Tenney Donnelly Fund, who have funded camper scholarships, allowing students to attend free of charge. Additional support has been provided by the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.


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