The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is moving its 2020 summer camps online. The move is to help keep students and staff safe while allowing ASC to continue to support and provide for the community during this period of social distancing.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, the center remains closed until further notice, however registration is open and the first online camps begin Monday, June 15. Scholarships are available for those who qualify, according to a news release.

“ASC’s remote instructions will allow campers to unlock their creativity when they join our virtual camps from home,” said Public Programs Coordinator Shakeelah Rahmaan.

The virtual camps — Art I and Art II, Theatre, Theatre Jr, Slam Poetry, CrEATe Lab, and STEAM — will be led by instructors who will teach and guide campers in discussion, interactions and project-based activities.

Each class is short to better suit young attention spans; each will camp meet for an hour a day except for Theatre Jr., which meets for 30 minutes a day.

New camp instructors include Pine Bluff High School art teacher Shalisha Thomas, who is leading Art I and Art II.

Spoken-word artist, educator, and arts community leader Chris James returns to ASC to lead a slam poetry camp for ages 10-17. James led free, open-to-the public slam poetry workshops at ASC in January and February, along with similar workshops for high school students. Like the workshops, the camp is made possible by an Arts in Education (AIE) After-School/Summer Residency grant from the Arkansas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CrEATe Lab, ASC’s nutritious cooking program that launched earlier this year, is being offered as a summer camp for ages 10-17. Faith Anaya and the staff of her cooking school Kids Cook! provide their food expertise. The program is made possible by grants from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas and the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation.


Art I (ages 7-11) — 11 a.m.-noon July 6-10; $75; Art II (ages 12-17) — 1-2 p.m. July 6-10; $75; Instructor: Shalisha Thomas.

Art I and Art II camps combine lessons in drawing, painting, and sculpture with an exploration of current ASC art exhibitions. Students create 2D and 3D projects and focus not only on the artistic methods and working with different media, but also on the creative process itself.

CrEATe Lab (ages 10-17) — 11 a.m.-noon July 13-17; $75; Instructor: Faith Anaya.

CrEATe Lab will help students turn their knowledge of dietary choices into meals that they will prepare by offering a nutrition-based, hands-on cooking camp. Students will be taught to independently prepare a nutritious dish as well as learning basic skills, such as how to properly wash, peel, chop, and slice various food items and how to avoid illness from improper food preparation.

Slam Poetry (ages 10-17) — 1-2 p.m. June 15-19; $75; Instructor: Chris James.

Author, playwright, and spoken-word artist Chris James will work with students on creating their own slam poetry. Using fun activities, including ideas and examples from his book “Joe Got Flow,” students will learn how to write, perform, and critique their own poems. ASC intends to create a fun and empowering educational experience for students that will not only assist in strengthening their reading and writing abilities, but also introduce an entirely new way to express themselves.

STEAM (ages 12-17) — 1-2 p.m. July 13-17; $75; Instructor: Ashley Smith.

Students will be introduced to the principals of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) with hands-on building and experimentation through computer programming and animation.

Theatre (ages 12-17) — 11 a.m.-noon June 15-26; $100; Instructor: Lindsey Collins.

Theatre Camp will teach students the importance of stage makeup. Through virtual instructions, students will learn how to match skin tone, the shapes of the face, and how those shapes affect everything done with makeup to create highlight and shadow. Students will learn blending, basic corrective makeup, and safety and hygiene. Corrective stage makeup application techniques will also be practiced along with applying stage makeup. This camp will culminate with a video of the students applying their makeup designs on themselves.

Theatre Jr. (ages 7-11) — 10-10:30 a.m. June 22-26; $50; Instructor: Lindsey Collins.

Students will explore popular stories through drama, music, and movement. While participating in this camp, students will practice creativity and innovation as they improve their skills in performance.


To register, go to, email or call 870-536-3375. Scholarship applications are also available on the website. For questions about summer camps, email


Support for The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission. ASC is a member of the Discovery Network, a statewide program of the Museum of Discovery. For details and to sign up for upcoming event announcements, visit