The Include Everyone Project, a new nonprofit in the Santa Clarita Valley, is hosting its annual summer camp, as they work to embrace those with special needs in their pursuit of the arts.
The camp is designed to give kids ages 5 and up that are on the autism spectrum or have other developmental disabilities the chance to experience a summer camp targeted to their ability levels.
“We’re working with our kids on the spectrum or with physical disabilities, as well, trying to give them an opportunity to be safely expressing themselves, learning and creating just as much as a typical kiddo would,” said Kristen DeBenedetto, program director and dance instructor for the organization.
This year, the Inclusive Performing Arts Summer Camp is set to be held virtually the fourth week of June, though some sessions may move to outdoor venues for distanced, in-person events if COVID-19 levels remain low.
While virtual, the weeklong arts and expression camp is still set to allow campers to learn to express themselves in a supportive environment, with this year’s theme, “Flipped Fairy Tales,” giving campers the chance to turn classic fairy tales into their own stories using music, dance and theater.
In addition, campers are set to receive arts and crafts kits so they can do group activities virtually throughout the week.
Include Everyone Project is also working with the Santa Clarita Public Library to host various virtual events such as storytime jams and dance parties, over the summer for children to participate in.
The Inclusive Performing Arts Summer Camp is $25. Registration is set to close June 6, though late registration may be available if space is available.
The camp is set to run 1-2:30 p.m. daily June 21-25, with a performance scheduled June 25. For more information, visit iepscv.com.