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Artists Collective Incorporated: Rites of Passage (ROP) Summer Program

1200 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112


  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Career Exploration
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Educational Activities
  • Fitness
  • Music
  • Social Programming
  • Theater

Ages Served:

11–18 years old

Areas Served:

Bloomfield, East Windsor, Hartford, Manchester, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor

Program Length:

5–6 weeks (1-week sessions)

Start Date:

June 28, 2021 (first session)

End Date:

August 6, 2021 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

9:00 am–4:00 pm, Monday–Friday


Under $100, $100–$200, $200–$500, $500–$1000

Participants are required to attend and participate in program workshops throughout the entire six weeks, with the exception of excused absences. Youth who have a summer school program may enroll in morning or afternoon workshops to accommodate the summer school schedule. Participants are expected to notify their workshop instructors of any planned absences or vacations during the program. Participants are encouraged to complete the entire six-week program and to perform or exhibit artwork/jewelry in the final production.


Several long-time Summer Program instructors hold active CPR/First Aid certifications. All Youth Jazz Orchestra instructors are certified mandated reporters and have completed the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families Mandated Reporter Training.

To Register:

Ana Padistone, Registrar/Program Assistant
1200 Albany Avenue
Hartford CT
[email protected]
(860) 527-3205

More about our camp:

The 6-week Rites of Passage (ROP) Summer Program will be held Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM, from June 29–August 7, 2020. The ROP Summer Program provides youth with exposure to the cultural arts of the African diaspora. Students choose two-morning and two-afternoon workshops from the workshop schedule, with the first half-hour daily dedicated to reading, creative writing, and vocabulary activities. All program participants will engage in daily literacy activities, including creative writing. The ROP Director offers a reading list for youth, as they are required to read and write a report on at least one book. At the end of the program, the ROP Director will compile students’ writing into a program theme-based publication.

The Summer Program workshops are as follows: African Piragramac Dance Technique, tap dance, modern, jazz/funk, hip-hop, dance ensemble, choral vocals, drama, martial arts, Steel Pan/African Percussion, jewelry design, visual arts, Ancestral Roots, Youth Author’s Group, and sign language. The Associate Director and ROP Director develop a Summer Program theme. The performing and visual arts workshops, as well as literacy activities, will be based on the program theme. Also, the Ancestral Roots workshop will provide historical context and cultural lessons related to the African diaspora.

Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills by performing, exhibiting artwork, or working backstage in the final production, which will be held in two performances. The final production will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, August 5th and Thursday, August 6th. The performances attract up to 700 visitors, who are parents, grandparents, family, friends, and supporters of the Artists Collective.

An awards ceremony and Dress for Success buffet luncheon will be held on Friday, August 7th, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM to recognize students’ achievements and celebrate a successful Summer Program. The community need for the ROP Summer Program remains the same as in prior years. Hartford area youth need meaningful summer activities to keep them engaged in learning and positive social activities. The ROP Summer Program provides youth with the opportunity to stay connected to literacy, learn new skills in performing and visual arts, exposure to the cultural arts of the African diaspora, make new friends, and gain confidence and teamwork skills. The program allows youth to develop personal responsibility by requiring regular attendance and participation, with the exception of excused absences.

Counselors in Training (CIT) are chosen based on experience in the ROP After-School and/or ROP Summer Program. Program participants will be 12-18 years old and have prior experience in the Collective’s programs and performances.  The role of the CIT will be to take attendance, assist younger students in dance and creative writing workshops, and serve as positive role models.    

Rites of Passage Summer Program is Allergen-Friendly, Special Needs Accessible, and Summer School Compatible.