Summer Arts at the Center 2021


Camps are in-person at the South Dallas Cultural Center (3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210). Capacity is limited, applicants are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All applicants are asked to submit and complete the form. Completing this form does NOT guarantee a slot for your child. 

All summer programs run from June 28-July 16, 2021


Musically Me Unlimited

Note: This program runs from July 5-23, 2021 and is for GIRLS ONLY
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
20 Students  (Grades 9th-12th)
This summer program is an arts-based self-empowerment program that blends mentorship in music and creative expression with techniques in self-care and social-emotional learning and includes a final showcase schedule for students on Friday, July 23rd. Participants will:
  • Create songs
  • Participate in drum circles and musical jams
  • Receive mentorship on approaches to writing (songs, poems/creative writing set to music)
  • Explore music-based mindfulness and other forms of self-care through music
  • Receive coaching on performance technique
  • Engage in discussions

The Smart Project 

Thursdays, 3:00-4:40 PM & Fridays, 3:00-4:00 PM
10 Students (Grades 8th -12th)
This summer program offers students from underserved backgrounds creative lesson plans focusing on photography, creative writing, drawing, graphic design, and animation as well as providing one-on-one creative mentorship opportunities.

Hip Hop Heal

Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-5:00 PM
20 Students (Grades 9th-12th)
This summer program builds lessons around the 12 Stages of Healing, cultivating a way of using the arts as inspiration to authentically express themselves. The workshops offer diverse audiences a place to come and learn how to heal using research-based practices to bring a greater purpose to creating art with the intention to heal using the art of written expression, deep breathing exercises, art, media, and performing arts.

African Drum and Dance

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Morning 10:00 AM-NOON (Grades 5-8th )
Afternoon 1:00-3:00PM (Grades 9-12th)
20 Students 
This summer program consists of traditions, history, music, and dances from West Africa taught by rotating Bandan Koro artists. Participants will study and learn about:
  • West African Drum history, construction, and influence
  • West African Rhythm technique and execution, leading to a culminating presentation
  • Traditional dance movements, leading to a choreographed performance presentation
  • West African ethnic groups, their history, and the significance of the rhythms and dances that they perform
  • The purpose and importance of music and dance in culture and society
  • Traditional songs in various West African languages
  • The dynamic and interactive relationship between the live musician and dancer