New Adaptive Arts Program for Youth

Thanks to a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Makers Mill has developed a youth-focused arts program specifically for 13 – 23 year-olds with learning differences.

What’s it all about?

Creator Camp provides a positive space for these youth to explore the arts, increase their community experience, and foster social connections while offering opportunities for leadership and peer facilitation, wellness, social and emotional learning, and broadening access to diverse artistic disciplines. 

Under the mentorship of a skilled artist facilitator and a professional special needs educator, students are encouraged to explore art in various mediums including watercolors, acrylics, inks, markers, pens, pencils, and adaptive tools curated to each participant’s interests. Students are invited to keep their creations in a portfolio for personal and/or professional use. If so desired, they may choose to include their artwork in the friends and family gallery night held after the last class in each camp.  They may also submit works to the Makers Mill Arts Festival for auction and receive all the proceeds for their artistic pursuits.

When does it run?

Each Camp will run for four weeks on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:00 PM at Makers Mill. Participants may attend as many 4-week camps as they like and each will be limited to 10 students. The artist facilitators selected to mentor these young artists have solid backgrounds working with persons with disabilities and the Arts. They are parents to neurodivergent children or have worked in the school system in special needs classrooms. 

What’s the cost?

The four-week camp registration fee is $100 and is eligible for subsidy under the Class Wallet program. 

How do I sign up?

Prior to each camp, interested families, caretakers, and participants must complete a registration intake process and facility orientation to ensure that Makers Mill can accommodate each participant’s needs for optimal success. A professional special needs consultant and the artist facilitator personally handle each orientation to answer all questions. 

The next of these orientations is Saturday, March 16, between 10:00 – 11:30 AM at Makers Mill, 23 Bay St., Wolfeboro, and once a month thereafter. Those interested in finding out more about this Creator Camp should register for the orientation in advance.

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