One in particular is the Mississippi Summer Arts Institute at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.
MSAI is supported by Delta State University, the Mississippi Arts Commission, AT&T, the Crosstie Arts Council, Domino’s Pizza, and Delta Dairy Frozen Yogurt.
Teaching artists for MSAI are recruited from the DSU faculty, artists from the Mississippi Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster, and professionals from around the country. These teaching artists represent the most accomplished in their fields and bring a level of professionalism and focus that gives MSAI a reputation for excellence.
An arts camp and a plus camp will be held.
Arts camp will be from June 8-21 for children ages 12-18.
The cost is $725, which is an all-inclusive fee that provides all art supplies, lodging accommodations, all meals, weekend field trips, and an MSAI t-shirt.
A non-refundable application fee of $75, included in the total price, is due with applications.
Applications are due May 30 or until space is full and scholarships applications are due April 18.
Scholarship applicants will be notified of decisions by May 9.
Arts Camp is a two-week residential camp that covers literary arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and more.
Plus Camp will be from July 14-19 and is for ages 5-12.
The cost for this camp is $200 and includes all art supplies, daily snacks, and an MSAI T-shirt.
Applications are due July 1 or until space is full.
Plus camp fills up quickly and parents are encouraged to register their children early.
This camp is performance oriented and centered on learning a choreographed medley of songs.
Campers will also attend other classes such as prop design, storytelling, puppetry, and music.
When asked what are some of the emotions of the BPAC staff while preparing for the camps, Whitney Cummins, art education coordinator said, "Excitement and anticipation! The Mississippi Summer Arts Institute requires months of preparation and planning. The BPAC staff works daily to prepare for the operations of each camp, and we are all very excited when the dates finally roll around. We love to have eager, talented young artists at the BPAC each day. And of course, we are sad when the camps are completed each year and can’t wait until MSAI rolls around the next summer."
Cummins explained participation in MSAI ranges from 150-200 campers each summer. Over 100 students can participate in PLUS Camp each summer, and Arts Camp has a capacity for 60 campers.
Cummins explained these camps are great learning opportunities for children and said, "MSAI provides young artists ages 5-18 with the unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the arts. MSAI is suitable for students who are eager to gain their first exposure to the arts, as well as those with previous artistic training who wish to strengthen their skills. The Institute offers a chance to experience a variety of artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, music, theater, and visual arts. Participants also have the opportunity to form new, lasting friendships with campers throughout the mid-south."