Teen Arts Academies

July 31 – August 12th, 2022

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Our Teen Arts Academy is a two week immersive arts program providing professional direction and focus to help teens realize their inner artist. An exceptional faculty works closely with each student, stressing individual growth while encouraging achievement and cooperation. While the program is demanding we also encourage recreation and relaxation on our 178-acre property, with rustic cabins, walking trails, fresh made local food and beach trips all supported by our highly trained camp staff.

Interested in expressing yourself but not sure how?
Do you love the arts? Want to pursue an arts career?
Trying to take your talents to the next level?

Our Teen Academy will get you there!

Choose Theatre, Visual Arts, Film, Choreography, Writing or Music for an extraordinary experience. 

The goal of the Academy is to provide students 14–18 years old with an intensive hands-on experience in the arts in an environment that emphasizes creativity and innovation while using constructive critiques by professional artist mentors  to assist in artistic growth.  Students enroll in one discipline as their core activity with focused collaboration projects across all disciplines to create original multidisciplinary work.

Students will create their own work in a supportive studio environment, leaving the academy with a portfolio, audition piece, music demo or film, along with professional advice to help them think about the next step in their artistic development. They will also leave with a new community of friends and peers with whom they have spent hours making a new creative community!

The Academy ends with documentation and sharing of original  work of all academy students, both collaborative and individual. Our online gallery and films will celebrate many of the finished works and works-in-progress that the academy students have created during the two weeks.

COST & PAYMENT

COST
The Academy is $1,150 +HST for the two weeks.All program fees include all art materials, meals and accommodation. For film, animation, and photography programs, we ask that campers bring their own cameras and chips if possible.A $10 capital improvement fee is added to summer camp registrations.

PAYMENT
For your convenience, you can pay online when you register through:
-Credit Cards
-PayPal
-E-transfer directly to etransfer@artscentre.ca
-Cheque in the mail
-Cash onsite

Please note: while we do accept PayPal and Credit Cards, the fees have become too exorbitant for us to manage and all credit card and PayPal purchases will have a 3% charge to them to help us cover the costs of providing the best camps for your kids!

We also offer payment plans for families who would like to make camp fit into a monthly budget. We can’t offer an early bird discount on payment plans, and have a small fee ($20) for setting up the plan because it takes administrative time. Click here to make payment arrangements.

BURSARIES/SCHOLARSHIPS

While normally we work hard to offer full and partial bursaries and scholarships for students who need financial aid, in this year with incredibly limited space and a drastically reduced earned revenue stream, we are asking for help. If you are in a position to help a child get to camp, we want to keep camps accessible to all but can’t afford to reduce our income at all. You can email us here to support a child from our community and give them the gift of a fabulous summer.

Bursary applications require letters of reference, so please apply early. Bursary decisions are made by a committee and are based on a combination of need and merit. We regret that we cannot give full bursaries to all students, but try to assist as many children and families as we can  through the generosity of corporations, businesses, individuals and some schools.

Fillable Bursary applications are available here. 

For more information and to apply for a bursary please call us 902.582.3842 or email “mail@artscentre.ca”.

THE JOSEPH LAPPIN CHOREOGRAPHIC SCHOLARSHIP

The Joseph Lappin Choreographic Scholarship is a memorial fund created to support young dancers as they develop their choreographic skills at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts Choreographic Academy

Joseph Lappin had an immense respect for the arts. He was always willing to try something new, from painting miniatures, to drawing Celtic knots, to piano lessons, and even highland dancing. He believed that art needs to be pursued, practiced, and appreciated regardless of existing skill or talent, and so provided endless encouragement to others in their artistic endeavours. This support extended to institutions dedicated to artistic development, including the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and the work we do.

The development of art in thoughtful, meaningful ways was extremely important to him, and because of his teachings and actions, each of his children have learned the importance of art in their lives. His family is proud to honour his memory by providing the same support to the young artists of Nova Scotia pursuing creative development at Ross Creek that he showed in his daily life.
The scholarship will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate the desire to develop their choreographic voice, the curiosity to learn more about the medium and exceptional potential as a choreographer.

The scholarship will be presented to two individuals who have presented work at Dance Nova Scotia’s Taking Steps to Fly and/or sent in a complete application form. The recipients will be announced by at Taking Steps to Fly in collaboration with Dance Nova Scotia.

Fill out your application here.

THE PHIL KUDELKA THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP
DEVOUR FILM SCHOLARSHIP
WRITING SCHOLARSHIP
MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
VISUAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
 
TRANSPORTATION
THE PHIL KUDELKA THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP

The Phil Kudelka Theatre Scholarship is a memorial fund created to support young actors as they develop their performing skills at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts Theatre Academy 

Phil Kudelka served on the board of Directors for our organisation, and sent his children to our camps. He saw the value of the arts in a well-rounded citizen and especially connected with the theatre we develop here. 

His family is proud to honour his memory by providing the support to the young artists pursuing creative development at Ross Creek that he nurtured in himself. 

The scholarship will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate the desire to develop their acting skills, the curiosity to learn more about the medium and exceptional potential as a performer with a desire to pursue it after high school.

The scholarship will be presented to one individual who has participated in the NS High School Drama Fest or other regional drama program, or who otherwise has shown a commitment to the art form, and/or sent in a complete application form. The recipients will be announced at the Nova Scotia High School Drama Fest in collaboration with Theatre Nova Scotia. 

Fill out your application here.

DEVOUR FILM SCHOLARSHIP

The Devour Film Scholarship is has been created to support young filmmakers as they develop their  skills at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts Film Academy. 

Devour is a food film festival taking place in Wolfville each fall, focussed on the art of presenting film about food in all its facets. 

The scholarship will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate the desire to develop their film-making skills, the curiosity to learn more about the medium and exceptional potential, with a desire to pursue it after high school.

The scholarship will be presented to one individual each year if there are enough exceptional candidates, who has shown a commitment to the art form, and/or sent in a complete application form. The recipients will be announced in the spring in collaboration with FIN and Devour. 

We encourage students to submit an original film that has some aspect of food as its subject, theme, although it is not an absolutely requirement. Films should be under 5 minutes in length or applicants should highlight the section you want the jury to watch. PLEASE DO NOT USE COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS IN YOUR FILM. 

Fill out your application here.

THE WRITING SCHOLARSHIP

The Writing Academy Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that has been created to support young writers as they develop their  skills at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts Writing Academy. 

The scholarship will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate the desire to develop their writing skills, the curiosity to learn more about the medium and exceptional potential, with a desire to pursue it after high school.

The scholarship will be presented to one individual each year if there are enough exceptional candidates, who has shown a commitment to the art form, and/or sent in a complete application form. The recipients will be announced in the spring in collaboration with the Writer’s Federation of NS. 

We encourage students to submit  5 short samples of writing showing your voice in a variety of different styles. 

Fill out your application here.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

The Music Academy Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that has been created to support young musicians as they develop their  skills at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts Music Academy. 

The scholarship will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate the desire to develop their music skills, their voice, the curiosity to learn more about the medium and exceptional potential, with a desire to pursue it after high school.

The scholarship will be presented to one individual each year if there are enough exceptional candidates, who has shown a commitment to the art form, and/or sent in a complete application form. The recipients will be announced in the spring. 

We encourage students to submit  5 samples of music showing your creative voice – either as a performer, a composer, or a combination. 

Fill out your application here.

VISUAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

The Visual Arts Academy Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that has been created to support young writers as they develop their  skills at the Ross Creek  Visual Arts Academy.

The scholarship will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate the desire to develop their Visual Arts skills, the curiosity to learn more about the medium and exceptional potential, with a desire to pursue it after high school.

The scholarship will be presented to one individual each year if there are enough exceptional candidates, who has shown a commitment to the art form, and/or sent in a complete application form. The recipients will be announced in the spring in collaboration with Visual Arts NS.

We encourage students to submit  5 samples of Visual Arts showing your creative voice in a variety of different styles.

Fill out your application here.

TRANSPORTATION

We will be working with Kings Point to Point Transit to ensure accessibility in 2021. Stay posted for more info.

ACADEMY ALUMNI PROFILES

COMING SOON

FACULTY

Ami McKay 

will be team teaching with Ken Schwartz this year!  Ami McKay is the critically acclaimed author of three bestselling novels, The Birth HouseThe Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York. Her diverse body of work also includes radio documentaries, non-fiction essays, stage plays, choral arrangements, and incidental music. Her debut novel, The Birth House was a # 1 bestseller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her play, Jerome: The Historical Spectacle premiered with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre in 2008. She co-wrote Nothing Less! with Ken Schwartz and served as music director for Two Planks’ 2017 season.

Sara Hartland-Rowe 

is a painter and installation artist who lives in Halifax with her husband and son. In her first career as a professional musician, Sara played with the Calgary Philharmonic and the Vancouver Symphony,  the Winnipeg Ballet and Toronto Dance Theatre, and in numerous string quartets. Since switching to Visual Arts, Sara has exhibited across Canada, in the US, Europe and South America, and is the recipient of Canada Council and Nova Scotia Arts Council Grants. Her work is in private and public collections. She is an instructor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Chris O’Neill 
Chris O'Neillis an actor and playwright co-founder of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre with Ken Schwartz in 1992, developing it into a national touring company. She has been acting professionally since 1988, performing in many productions including national tours, and written four plays with Ken Schwartz, since 1992. She has been teaching and mentoring theatre for young people since 1994. Selected Two Planks performances: 
Nothing Less, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Liberation Days, The Tempest and Turn of the ScrewThe Miracle Man and Dustbowl Joan, 937, As You Like It and The IliadLysistrata, The Crucible, and The Odyssey.
Awards:  The Queen’s Diamond and Golden  Jubilee Medals for contribution to  community and Canada, and the Valley Arts Award.