Camp Ginkgo

July 10 – August 4, 2022

Camp starts the Monday after July 4th and runs for four weeks Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm. Extended time to 3:30 pm is available for an additional cost of $10 per day. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Our staff to camper ratio is at least 1-5.

Horticulture Center in beautiful Fairmount Park, 100 N. Horticulture Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Details

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU FOR CAMP GINKGO 2023

Since 2002 WPCC has offered this summer arts and nature program that provides four weeks of meaningful experiences beginning right after the July 4th holiday. Throughout the four weeks professional artists will work with the children on special projects that include visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and film/photography.

West Park Cultural has been in partnership with the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center for 15 years serving as our program venue with horticultural staff providing support to our artist/counselors as they weave nature into their arts projects. In addition to art making the children have field trips, swimming and other recreational activities.

Tuition is $700 covering all four weeks ($175 per week.) The cost of providing the camp exceeds our tuition. The modest fee is made possible through grants and individual donations making it possible for us to never turn a child away for financial reasons. Partial and full scholarships are available for those who qualify (see Financial Scholarship Application.)

To reserve a space for your child(ren) complete the Camp Ginkgo Registration below for each child. A $50 deposit is required at registration unless requesting scholarship. For questions email info@westparkcultural.org or call 215-473-7810.

Required forms for participation:
Camp Ginkgo Photo/Video Waiver
Camp Ginkgo Guidelines
Camp Ginkgo Insurance/Medical Info Form
Parent Checklist

 

Why

The Camp Ginkgo experience has a positive impact on children. Some of the expected outcomes include:

– Improved interpersonal and communication skills

– Acquired arts skills

– Increased knowledge of the environment and their park

– New motivation for learning

Instructors

Ms. Renee

Javitta Brockington, AKA “Renee’ James” a local Artist Teacher, is known for founding WEPAINT Community A.R.T.; “It’s Always the Right Time to Paint Together!” For over a decade, Javitta Renee’ has created, developed, and facilitated projects, programs, and events centered around community painting, and also integrated this creative concept into an African American Step Ensemble program, “Step Into Leadership.” Inspired by unity, Renee’ is passionate about uplifting others and sharing our gifts and talents. Having had the opportunity and pleasure of exploring abstract and communal art with West Park students and others in schools, summer camps, afterschool programs, and in their own communities, she recognizes the greatness as well as the conflict of community engagement. Identifying areas in which this conflict hinders greatness, Renee’ James works to integrate concepts of positive social interaction and elements of art to encourage positive communal creation and thus greatness!

Grace Wong

Grace Wong is a teaching artist, practicing artist and former arts administrator. Grace received her cross disciplinary Bachelor of Humanities and Arts in 2018 at Carnegie Mellon University, where she specialized in visual arts and global management. She currently works at Vaux Big Picture High School, where she co-teaches in classrooms, runs a maker space, and mentors high school youth in arts internship and workforce development programs. Her passion is inspiring the future generation to use creative and critical thinking to serve as engaged citizens of their own communities. Previously, she worked as a digital marketing associate at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, where she supported the development of multiple free and low-cost arts festivals. In her personal practice, she is interested in using various mediums such as photography, mixed media, painting, book arts and creative interventions to explore the nuanced parameters that shape culture. Her work has been featured in several dozen group shows around the US including the Philadelphia Airport, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Woman Made Gallery, and Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Ty'Lier Baker

Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, I’ve always had a fixation with art, specifically drawing and writing. My first interaction with West Park Cultural Center and Camp Ginkgo was during middle school, and I have continued to remain within this community for the last 11 years. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont last year in Film and Television with the intent on entering the film industry. I am very excited to do whatever I can to expand not only my horizons, but those of children and youth at Camp Ginkgo as well.

Ashanti Moody / Assistant Counselor

Ashanti Graduated Vaux BP High School in June with perfect attendance. At Nebinger Elementary School she assisted students in grades K-7 with art classes and organized costumes and supplies for the school play. At Vaux in the summer of 2019, she organized materials, reinstalled technology, programming software, and reset data.

Jada Pope / Assistant Counselor

Jada Pope is a recent high school graduate who loves dancing and the arts She attended numerous dance schools growing up including Philadanco and four years in West Park Cultural Center’s danceLogic. She will be going to college in the fall for arts and design.

Najelah Robinson / Assistant Counselor

I am 18 years old and a recent high school graduate. My favorite hobbies are dancing and doing hair. If I’m not doing any of these things, I am babysitting my little sister or at work. I am passionate about my future, helping other people out, and being the best person, I can be. Najelah was in danceLogic for three years.


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