Art & Percussion Camp - Atlanta
Drawchange offers unique and fun summer & school holiday experiences for children aged 5-9 from different socioeconomic backgrounds in Atlanta, GA. Your child will grow confident in their creative expression and in their day-to-day life all while giving back to the community! All proceeds are donated to drawchange, a nonprofit organization that provides art therapy-based programs to homeless children around the world. Click to learn more about drawchange!
All camp sessions are led by our trusted, background-checked, and CPR/first aid certified teachers, and all projects are planned around our core competencies: Imagination, Collaboration, Empowerment, Dream-Building, Self-Esteem, Creation, and Stress Relief. Click to learn more about our curriculum!
CDC guidelines are observed.
What will your child bring home from camp?
Aside from beautifully, thought-provoking artwork, we will send your child home with a daily summary called “Today I am Proud of…” that will be filled in by the teacher at the end of each day. This is an exercise to bring home and ignite discussion and self-confidence within your child and family unit. We hope you will take the time to engage in a meaningful conversation with your camper about their proudest achievements throughout Art Camp!
Summer Camp Details
Prices will increase based on demand.
Weeks of June 3, June 10, July 8, July 15
$88 p/day (sibling discounts available!)
- DCFSA expense eligible
Before care (8:15am): 10 p/day
Aftercare (4 pm): 15 p/day
$395 p/week (sibling discounts available!)
Before care: $25 p/week
Aftercare = $50 p/week
See Cancelation Policy in FAQs below.
Camp cancelation is subject to enrollment.
After you register above, you will be sent a detailed invoice to complete your purchase. Please know we cannot save your spot at Camp until we receive your payment.
We invite you to purchase a day or week for an unhoused child to attend camp below.
Why do you use recycled or seemingly old art materials?The children we work with have little to no personal possessions. One major element of our core curriculum is Imagination. Recycled materials, such as paper scraps, magazine cut-outs, or repurposed cardboard, make for perfect materials for young children to tap into their imaginations and create something out of very little. Considering the circumstances of the children we work with, it could be quite difficult for a young child, who may be transient, to keep up with property such as a canvas or large sculpture. Projects made with paper, for example, are much easier for the children to keep in their rooms, or display on the wall at the shelter where they’re currently living. Albeit, not all sessions or projects require recycled or repurposed materials. We also use sculpting clay, new canvases, and other new materials for certain projects.
Is drawchange Faith based?While we do honor and respect all religions, drawchange is not a faith based organization and we do not help based on religious beliefs. Our diverse staff, volunteers, and children come from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life. We support each member of our drawchange family and celebrate their diversity.
Why don't you use erasers when drawing in your programs?"There are no mistakes in art", says founder/CEO, Jennie Lobato. Something as little as taking away an eraser provides our children the opportunity to create without even the thought of their masterpiece having mistakes.
How is drawchange funded?We are funded primarily through individual donors. We also accept corporate sponsorships. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our sponsorship packet! Any level of donation makes a meaningful impact for the children we work with. Whether you can afford to give $5.00 or $500, please know that all donations really add up for us!
What percentage of your funds stay in Atlanta versus your international projects?100% of funds raised in Atlanta stay in Atlanta unless otherwise specifically stated. We believe in supporting our local community first and foremost. Our international projects are partnership commitments with other organizations, and are funded by the volunteers who participate every year.
Do you accept art supply donations?Thanks for asking! We often accept specific donations to fit our needs. You can find a list of needs on our contribute page. Additionally, please know how far a small financial contribution can go as we purchase supplies in bulk. Sustaining Membership is one of the most effective ways you can create change in our organization. Lastly, please also take a look at our wishlist where we list items needed for our daily operation. Thanks again! If purchasing supplies, please consider Amazon Smile as they donate a portion of your sales price to us!
Can drawchange create a program in our organization or school?We focus on impoverished children, aged 5-10. If your school or organization will allow us to establish a program, and the children in your care fit in our category of both, aged 5-10, and “impoverished,” please email us at email@example.com. We’d love to build a new program!
What do your programs focus on?Our programs aim to empower young children, who are currently living in deep poverty, to visualize a better life for themselves, build confidence, relieve stress, build collaboration and teamwork skills, and foster their imaginations. All projects focus on one or more elements of our core-curriculum below: Collaboration Empowerment Dream Building Imagination Self-Esteem Creation Stress Relief
How do you choose your curriculum?We incorporate our seven core competencies into our Living Curriculum: Collaboration, Empowerment, Dream Building, Imagination, Self-Esteem, Creation, and Stress Relief as core concepts into our curriculum and everything we do as an organization. We take into account the children’s current emotional status, and establish the curriculum accordingly, week after week. After a pandemic, for example, we may choose a curriculum focused predominantly around Empowerment and Stress Relief. We do our best to assess the immediate needs of the children so that we can accurately assist them through our art therapy-based sessions.
Do I have to be an artist to volunteer?Absolutely not! We’ve always lived by something our founder always says, “If you can express love, you are welcome to volunteer with us! Fill out a volunteer application to get started today! We also welcome corporate or group-volunteering opportunities. We have welcomed groups such as families, companies, and academic organizations to participate in group-volunteering
Do you accept volunteer groups?Thank you for offering to volunteer as a company with us! If your group would like to volunteer at our homeless shelter programs: In order to best serve our children, we must keep our volunteer numbers low to maintain the calm and intentional therapeutic environment they most currently need. It is for their protection and well-being that we cannot take over 6 volunteers at a time. If you have a larger group that would like to volunteer with us, we ask that you please consider the children and their situation by choosing no more than 4-6 individuals at a time to volunteer with us. To see our Group Volunteering Policy, please click here. If your group would like to volunteer at our office helping us with administrative tasks: Due to our small office size, we can have no more than 4 volunteers at a time. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering at our office and we’ll let you know when a good day will be!
Schedule Snippet Example
Arrival, Free Create Alone Time, Breathing Exercise, Imagination Session, Daily Art Project, Break, Morning Snack, Outside Play Time
Percussion Music Jam Session, Movie Time, Picnic Lunch, Outside Play Time
Games, Story Time, Free Group Art Time & Working On Homeless Children Gifts
Group Art Creation Time, Storytime, Outside Play
Parents are invited to join in on Friday afternoon's Group Creation Time!