Camp Oya: Creativity. Community. Youth Marketplace

38724178_1556066225457025_r.jpegCampers visiting with local artist "BMike" at Studio Be

Camp Oya is a multidisciplinary summer arts program that provides underserved youth ages 8 to 13 with a creative platform where they not only engage in art based activities consisting of visual art classes and weekly explorations to galleries and museums, but youth also engage in community building activities with small business owners and attend entrepreneurial workshops that prepare them to showcase their businesses and products during our culminating program.

38724178_1556064062868344_r.jpeg Business Banking Workshop With Iberia Bank

38724178_1556064201958654_r.jpegEntrepreneur Workshop with Urban League New Orleans

38724178_1556064331929739_r.jpegCulminating Marketplace Exhibition

Another strong component of our program is the intentional implementation of a curriculum rooted in New Orleans art and culture. This portion of the program was birthed from  Keepers of The Culture , another arts program developed by Camp Oya's executive director and local artist Journey Allen.
This aspect of the program offers youth a perspective of New Orleans culture as it relates to the impact that the enslaved Africans had on creating the indigenous culture that we take pride in  celebrating today. Additional activities include yoga, swimming, gardening, freedom songs, African drumming and health & fitness classes.

38724178_1556064402888077_r.jpegBuilding Garden Beds at Ms. Gloria's Garden

38724178_1556064471478550_r.jpegYoga at Church of Yoga Studio

By donating to our program not only will you support our initiative to nurture the imagination of our youth through intentional art based programming but you will also provide funding that will cover the costs of daily expenses that will continue to make our program a success. Furthermore, reaching our goal of $14,235 will aid us in providing summer employment opportunities to community members and practicing artist as the success of this campaign will provide A FIVE WEEK CAMP EXPERIENCE VALUED AT $400 TO AN INCREASED NUMBER OF 30 CAMPERS AT NO COST!

Our camp begins May 28, 2019 and will run through June 28, 2019. Your contributions will go towards the following expenses over the course of this 5 week period:

Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks for each camper: $1,200.00  
Supplies and Equipment: $900.00
Field Trip Transportation: $1200.00
Field Trip Fees: $625
Artist Workshop Fees: $1,800.00
Educational Group Leader Wages: $6,300.00
Camp Facility: $1,700.00
Camper T-Shirts: $510.00

TOTAL: $14,235.00
38724178_1556066340483040_r.jpegCampers visiting Stella Jones Gallery

38724178_1556066382629907_r.jpegClay Workshop with Veronica Lee

38724178_1556066432648547_r.jpegVisit to Ogden Museum

38724178_1556066531244100_r.jpegTouring the historical French Quarters

38724178_1556066481996811_r.jpegVisiting a French Quarter Gallery Space

38724178_1556066609574670_r.jpegTwo happy Youth Marketplace Entrepreneurs who THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!!

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ArtistJourney Allen 
New Orleans, LA
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