2017 Summer Camps Schedule
This summer, have your child experience the arts by enrolling in Portland Metro Arts’ summer camps! Camps are one of the best opportunities for children to explore their creativity and artistic passion, in depth, that school year schedules may not allow.
Our camps are exciting, educational, engaging and above all FUN! In PMA’s summer camp program, kids learn about, perform and experience an extensive variety of art forms. PMA is unique because we offer camps focusing on dance, music, theatre, visual arts or a combination with multi-arts; unlike other programs dedicated to a single discipline with few options.
Camp space is limited, so be sure to register early. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the blue “register” link is not available next to a camp, the camp is full and you should email us at to be put on the waitlist.
Childcare for Full-Day campers is available starting as early as 8:00am and going as late as 6:00pm, at no additional charge. Half-day AM campers may make use of before camp childcare and half-day PM campers may make arrangements to remain after camp until 6:00pm.
All camp specifics are subject to change, should circumstances require. Families who have registered for a summer camp will be informed promptly of any change that may affect their camp experience.
Registration and payment policies for PMA Camps can be found at the bottom of this page.
Preschool Week 1 - June 19-23 Week 9 - August 14-18 School Grades 1-6 Week 1 - June 19-June 23 Week 2 - June 26 - June 30 Week 3 - July 3 - July 7 No camps during July 4th week Week 4 - July 10 - July 14 Week 5 - July 17- July 21 Week 6 - July 24 - July 28 Week 7 - July 31 - August 4 Week 8 - August 7-11 Week 9 - August 14-18 Middle School/High School Week 5 - July 17- July 21 Week 6 - July 24 - July 28
Just for kids entering pre-k, kindergarten or 1st grade! We have two weeks this summer with a half-day 4-Arts camps designed for them.
Week 1 - June 19-23 Week 9 - August 14-18
4 Arts Preschool CampJune 19th-23th and August 14th-18th
A creative half day, arts-based camp featuring Creative Art, Dance, Drama and Music classes taught by specially trained arts professionals. Each Friday we will present a themed multi-arts activity that includes special guest artists and activities. Discover ways to interact and communicate with the world around through the arts. For children entering pre-k, kindergarten, or 1st grade this fall. Morning Camps times available.Morning only
We offer several week-long, all day, camps for children in grades 1-6. Camps run from 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday, with a supervised lunch break. On Friday of each week, campers give a presentation for family and friends to share what they’ve learned. Campers will also participate in a field trip or special event, related to the camp that day.
Half Day Option: If your child is unable to join us for a full-day camp, some of our camps have half-day am or pm options.
4 Arts CampJune 19th-23rd and August 14th-18th
Experience all the arts! 4 Arts Camp is a great introduction to new ideas where children explore Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art in 5 days of fun! Each day campers participate in special classes in all four art forms that are geared toward young artists. Final presentations on Friday. Grades 1-6. This camp is offered twice this summer.
Morning only - Morning only students take part in Dance and Visual Arts classes geared for young artists. A great introduction to new ideas, where children experience two art forms in five days of fun. They may elect to participate in a presentation on Friday at 3:15pm.
Afternoon only - Afternoon only students take part in Music and Theatre classes geared for young artists. A great introduction to new ideas, where children experience two art forms in five days of fun. There is a presentation on Friday at 3:15pm.
Dance Away to NeverlandJune 26th-June 30th
Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning. Come with us where dreams are born, the place called Neverland is waiting for you. Dance it All! Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Modern, for those with little or no previous experience who want to have fun trying something new and perform this classic story. Grades 1-6.
All About Art CampJuly 10th - July 14th
Create artwork in an atmosphere totally focused on the visual arts. Children with an interest in the visual arts will have the opportunity to experience a broad spectrum of art styles and work with a variety of media. Explore drawing, painting, and sculpture through fun and rewarding projects. Hone your skills by learning techniques to refine your artistic vision. Each day students work in a different medium, style or artistic process. Grades 1-6.
Music Video CampJuly 17th-21st
Find your inner star and learn to shine in this fun interactive camp. Campers work together to write, perform in, video tape and edit a music video, a copy of which will be distributed to each camper at the end of the camp. No former music training required to attend. This camp is a fun-filled experience for children, introducing them to singing, acting, dancing, and new media. Grades 1-6
The Play’s the Thing CampJuly 24th-28th
Students of all performance levels and experience work daily with professional performers to create a complete summer theatre experience. Onstage training includes acting, improvisation, and stage presence in a fun and creative environment. Learn the performance techniques necessary for an exciting theatre production. Friday is performance day for family and friends! Grades 1-6.
Masks, Myths & Legends CampJuly 31st-August 4th
Let your imagination sprout wings as you explore the world of dragons, super-heroes, villains, and folklore. Read, write, invent, design and bring your own adventure stories to life by creating masks to enhance our final theatre performance. Legends and tall tales from the Titans of Greece to those from all over the world will be visited. Art, Theatre & Storytelling combine to create a legendary camp experience. Grades 1-6.
Way Off Broadway Musical Theatre CampAugust 7th-11th
Join us for a wacky and fun musical theatre production for kids. Learn the songs and choreography in a production that has something for everyone from beginners through accomplished performers! Campers will prepare a musical in just one week and perform for family and friends! Grades 1-6.
Middle/High School Camps
Students entering grades 6-12 have several options to follow their passion for music, theatre or dance, in intensive workshops designed to hone their artistic technique and creative skills. Workshops run Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Guest artists, special events, field trips and a presentation for families is included. Some workshops have half- day options.
Week 5 - July 17-21 Week 6 - July 24-28
Music Video WorkshopJuly 17th-21st
Fun and interactive. Campers work together to plan, perform in, video tape, edit and produce a music video! No former music training required to attend. Campers develop skills including vocal, dance and performance techniques. If you play an instrument, bring it! Friday is performance day for family and friends! Grades 6-12
Brush Up Your Shakespeare WorkshopJuly 24th-28th
Students of all performance levels and experience work daily with talented professionals to create an engaging Shakespeare experience. Take this opportunity to study and understand Shakespeare in a fun, supportive atmosphere that teaches the necessary skills to perform his work. Onstage training includes acting, improvisation, and stage presence. Friday is performance day for family and friends! Grades 6-12
In addition to PMA's standard policies and procedure which can be found here, Summer Camps and Workshops are subject to the following registration and payment policies:
Summer Camp and Workshop Payments:
To Secure a Space— A non-refundable deposit of $40 is required at the time of registration for each camp in which you are enrolling. This deposit goes toward the total tuition of the camp. Any registration submitted without payment of the deposit will not be valid.
The balance of tuition is due no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the camp. If you wish to pay the balance of tuition sooner, contact our office. Otherwise, payment will be automatically withdrawn from the credit card or bank information listed on your PMA account fifteen days prior to the start of camp.
Early Registration Option: For those completing early registration prior to May 15, 2017, you may choose to make your payment in three installments: the first payment of one-third at the time of registration, the second payment 30 days prior to the first day of camp, and the final payment 15 days prior to the first day of camp. If you would prefer this option please make a note during registration or contact our office and we will be happy to arrange it for you.
For cancellations made fifteen (15) or more days before the start of the camp there are two refund options:
- Option 1: Receive full credit of total amount paid and use it for another PMA camp or Fall School year class. Credit is valid through December 31, 2017.
- Option 2: Receive a refund of total tuition paid, less the $40 deposit.
For cancellations made fewer than fifteen (15) days before the start of the camp there are 2 refund options:
- Option 1: Receive PMA credit for tuition paid, less the $40 deposit. Credit is valid for use towards another PMA camp or Fall School year class, through December 31, 2017.
- Option 2: Receive a refund of 50% of the total tuition paid, less the $40 deposit.
If for any reason PMA needs to cancel a camp, all families registered in that camp will receive a full refund of all payments, including the deposit.