UnforTunately, Summer Camp has been canceled

due to the executive Order.

Stay home, stay healthy!




Registration is CLOSED!

Get ready for a Summer full of Creating, Growing, Challenging and Expressing yourself!

RAC Creativity Lab Camps are for Campers 6-11** years of age; Campers MUST have been born before July 6, 2014, to participate in camps. 

BUILD!, HIP HOP! and DANCE! sessions are Mon-Fri from 9:00am-4:00pm; Before and After Care available. Before care is from 8:30am- 9:00am; After care is from 4:00pm- 5:00pm. Camp fees are $275/weekly. Before and/or aftercare will be provided for $50 additional. Campers must bring a lunch; snacks will be provided twice daily.

THEATER FOR ALL sessions are Mon-Fri; Introduction to Theatre takes place 9:30a-11:30a and Perform! 12:00p-3:00p. Camp fees are $175 per session for the week. Before and After Care is not available for THEATER FOR ALL. Please send campers with a light lunch or snack for break time.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Support for RAC Creativity Lab Camps is available for a full weeks tuition, including before and after care! Awards will be announced May 1, 2020. Spaces will be held for all scholarship campers; if you are applying for support, please ONLY fill out the Scholarship Application at this time. Fill out the Registration Form if you are paying in full today.

Below you will find a complete description of the 4 Full Weeks of camp we have planned at Riverside Arts Center!

Please check out what we did Summer 2019!

**Unless Otherwise Stated: Theater for All has two different sessions with age boundaries. 

RAC Summer Camps are made possible thanks to:

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The Buhr Foundation

2020 Summer Camps


teaching artist


July 6-10


Ages 6-11

(before and after care available)

Campers will enjoy a week of activities that educate them about sculpting, painting, drawing, shaping, and combining materials. Using all sorts of materials like wood, wire, rope, found objects, cardboard and more, campers will imagine, design and BUILD amazing structures! Teaching Artists will support campers with technical knowledge and creative question-based guidance. Campers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothes that caregivers wouldn’t mind becoming permanently messy!


teaching artist(s)

Gina Danene Thompson  and Collaborators Breathe Easy, Keena, Bia Bichini Congo, Hard Core Detroit

July 13-17


Ages 6-11

(before and aftercare available)

All things HipHop @the RAC! Join Artistic Director of PURe Dance Ensemble, Gina Danene Thompson, and local, national, and world-renowned artists for a FUN-FILLED HIP HOP EXPERIENCE! Campers from ages 6 -11 years old will enjoy the choice of daily sessions of dance, graffiti, history of Hip Hop, learning to write rhymes, engineering, beat making, and an end of the camp fashion show!


Teaching artist(s):

Gina Danene Thompson and Collaborators Slavka

July 20 – 24 


Ages 6-11

(before and after care available)

Please Join the Artistic Director of PURe Dance Ensemble, Gina Danene Thompson, for a Total Dance Experience. Dancers will enjoy classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, yoga, breakdancing, Congolese, dance history, and nutrition. Get the chance to dance with Hard Core Detroit, Bia Bichini Congo, and much more!  Participants will also get the chance to engage in interactive courses teaching costume design, set design, and theater for dancers. The camp will end with a show demonstrating what the participants have learned throughout the week.


Teaching Artists:


July 27 – 31 


9:30-11:30a     8-12 year olds**

Welcome to theatre! In just one week we’ll introduce singing, acting, and dancing to all abilities.  On the final day, we will perform a final show written and starring your child. Let’s go on with the show!


12:00P – 3:00p     13+ years old**

Time to roll up our sleeves!  This theatre camp is for the older student/adult who wants to delve deeper into the world of singing, acting, and dancing.  Great for all abilities with a final showing for family and friends. It’s sure to be a fun time!


Drop-off at 8:30 am & Pick-up at 5:00 pm

$50/child for the week 

Before and After Care NOT available for THEATER FOR ALL! Before and After Care IS available for scholarship recipients. 

Meet Your Summer Staff!

Jason Johnson (RCKBNY)

Inherently afrocentric, Jason’s work began from a need to see strong, beautiful revolutionary images of black art. One without heavy images of slavery and the things that lead us into the abyss. “I hate those to be honest. Always have.” It made him feel heavy and demoralized. “I figured the best way to depict our struggles is through our triumphs.” His work revolves around love, manifesting, and culture building. As an African American, it’s about realizing the duties and blessings of being in the unique position to build/create our own culture from scratch, And being able to smell those roses in real time. It’s about evolution. The undeniable global impact we’ve made in such a short time. It’s about appreciation and acknowledgment. His work explores color and how it feels coupled with the intention of creating a world for my theories and perceptions. He gravitates towards SUrrealism and minimalism with touches of whatever else.

Gina Danene Thompson and PURe Dance Ensemble

PURe Dance Ensemble is the brainchild of Gina Danene Thompson, Anthony Rollins Mullens, Rene Castaneda, and C-one Tang.
One foggy evening in San Francisco in a studio apartment on Nob Hill, four passionate dancers came together to form the structure for a New Dance company. The goal was to fuse styles (ballet, African ballroom and Modern) cultures (Chinese Nicaraguan and Black American) communities and ideas. The dream was to unite. we put our ideas in a hat , negotiated and whittled down to the finest points our need to be heard and included in the dance community,  in the Arts at large and eventually the World.

4th Wall Theatre Company

The goal of 4th Wall Theatre Company is to efficiently and respectfully teach actors-to-be of all abilities about the creative process of theatre. The founders believe musical theatre can be applied to educate all ages of theatre students about different aspects of themselves and with our younger students; real world skills. Each class is led by trained theatre professionals and culminates in a live performance for family and friends. The process of learning about the theatre and rehearsing a live show promotes teamwork, cooperation, belonging, work ethic, memory, leadership, social skills and maybe most importantly; it’s fun!

Their instructors are from a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Each either holds or is in pursuit of a post-secondary degree. Degrees encompass a wide range of fields of study, ranging from Theatre Performance to Occupational Therapy to American Sign Language.

“The uniting element is a passion for our students, willingness to learn, grow, and improve. Our instructors are required to go through observation hours and on-the-job training before they join our team; but as with anything worth doing, the learning process is ongoing.”


Don’t delay! Support for RAC Creativity Lab Camps is available for a full weeks tuition, including before and aftercare! Spaces will be held for all scholarship campers; if you are applying for support, please ONLY fill out the Scholarship Application at this time. Fill out the Registration Form if you are paying in full today. See you this Summer!

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