The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and RSU#13’s 21st Century Learning Center Grant have partnered this summer to offer an art intensive for students grades K-12.

This virtual summer camp is a free weekday program, and can also be for students registered for the eight-week program.

Each week, Education Coordinator Mia Bogyo will visit the elementary summer program on Zoom, led by South School Camp Coordinator Amanda Gardiner. Bogyo will then visit the middle school summer program on Zoom led by Oceanside Middle School Camp Coordinator Ryan Jackson. Thirty students have participated so far in the programming.

Bogyo recently joined the Center for Maine Contemporary Art as an education coordinator. She has extensive experience with community art projects and PreK-12 art integration.

The goal of the partnership is to engage students with contemporary artworks and in hands-on art projects. In the program, student participants and summer camp staff take part in an expanded version of the CMCA’s Look Inside gallery education program, with art kits provided free-of-charge each week. The CMCA hopes the at-home art program will encourage students’ creativity and visual literacy. This partnership is a continuation towards the Center’s goal of statewide accessibility to Maine contemporary art and artists, and is a model it hopes other communities adopt.

RSU#13’s Summer Camp program is funded by a 21st Century Learning Center Grant, along with a free after school program for students at South School, Oceanside Middle School and Oceanside High School.

To find out more about virtual and in-person art programming for all ages at the CMCA, contact Mia Bogyo at mbogyo@cmcanow.org. To find out more about after school programming for students in RSU#13, contact Sarah Rogers at​ srogers@rsu13.org