Wednesday, April 6, 2022




NJPAC’s Arts Education Summer Camp returns to in-person learning for Summer 2022. The award-winning arts education Summer Camp introduces NJPAC’s Colton Institute for Training and Research in the Arts. This dynamic new initiative supports and advances NJPAC’s Arts Education programs, including best-in-class hip hop, jazz, poetry, and theater classes happening this summer.

For all students enrolling in one of NJPAC’s summer programs, students are offered at no cost to participate in Free programs. The bonus class choices are

  • Community Meeting: daily social check-in with your classmates (included as part of your class time) 
  • In The Mix: an online clubhouse to explore social justice in your life and the world (free optional add-on) 
  • Creative Coaching: one-on-one mentorship with a professional
  • NJPAC teaching artist (free optional add-on).

City Verses: Jazz and Poetry Program at Rutgers – Newark Campus
Summer Programs
Ages: 13 – 18
WHEN: July 18 – 30, 9:30AM – 4:15PM

Calling all teen musicians, singers, poets, and writers. Creativity ignites when students explore, experiment, and express themselves at NJPAC’s Arts Education FREE City Verses Summer Camp. NJPAC invites students to register for FREE City Verses summer camp this July. This is an in-person program that will be held at Rutgers University-Newark campus, a few blocks away from NJPAC. The program is for students that would like to learn how to, or develop their existing skills, expressing themselves by composing their own music and collaborating with poets.

Together, students will learn about and create jazz poetry, a uniquely American art form that blends verses and rhythm, song and swing. During this two-week, in-person day camp held at Rutgers-Newark University, students will collaborate with other young creators to share their unique stories and perspectives. Camp sessions will be co-taught by NJPAC’s distinguished jazz faculty and Rutgers talented MFA poetry candidates. Registration opens February 2022. This Program is open to students Ages 13 – 18.

This program is part of NJPAC’s unique City Verses initiative developed in partnership with Rutgers-Newark University

Requirements to be accepted in the program:
  • Students must be between 13 and 18 years old
  • Students must be an instrumentalist or vocalist with some experience and an interest in jazz.
  • Student must be interested in perfecting their writing skills or have an interest in poetry with an interest in expressing themselves through the written word, honing your writing skills, and exploring the process of collaborating with musicians.
  • Students who are selected will participate in up to 4 hours of workshop/lecture-style sessions Monday–Friday, and a final share of their work on Sunday, August 15, 2021.
Week 1 – Composition Intensive
Introduction to the cross-disciplinary collaboration process of jazz poetry. The majority of the time will be spent with faculty and students in their specific discipline (jazz or poetry), learning the building blocks of composition within each area.

Week 2 – Jazz and Poetry Composition Collaboration
Building off of the pedagogic highlights that were instilled in Week 1, students will be paired in small groups to explore and create their own original work, guided by faculty.

Covid Safety at NJPAC’s In-Person Summer Camp
The safety of all students is NJPAC’s priority. Since the pandemic began, NJPAC has collaborated with medical professionals, invested in building upgrades, and put new procedures in place to protect guests, staff, volunteers, and faculty. All guests 2+ must wear a mask indoors. Faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated. Students 5+ must show proof of vaccination prior to the first in-person session. The Arts Education programs are at reduced capacity to allow for safe distancing. NJPAC’s HVAC system meets industry standards for virus ionization, filtration and cleaning processes follow all CDC recommendations. Further details on program protocols are HERE and specific details on procedures are shared upon completed registration and during program orientations.

About Arts Education@NJPAC
NJPAC’s Arts Education offerings reach more than 60,000 students and families through live performances, in-school residency programs and arts training classes. These programs bring the joy of dance, music, theater, and poetry directly to the classroom. Through our innovative residencies, Teaching Artists create stimulating performing arts experiences that engage students’ imaginations and build self-confidence through positive self-expression. Our residencies help students learn to work together and develop their creative independence.

In addition to NJPAC’s innovative In-School Programs, the Arts Center’s comprehensive Arts Education Department offers an Arts Training Program that helps students at every level learn their artistic and technical skills they need to study acting, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, and musical theater. NJPAC also presents a SchoolTime Performance Series, which introduces students and their families to a world of entertainment and culture. NJPAC’s Arts Education programs feature professional artists from a wide variety of traditions and performances of music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and more.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, which have reached almost 2 million children, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. NJPAC.ORG