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Real Art Ways, Inc. – Park Art

George Day Park (across the street from Real Art Ways), Arbor Street, Hartford, CT 06106


  • Art
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Educational Activities
  • Environmental Learning
  • Field Trips
  • Gardening
  • Music
  • Theater

Ages Served:

3–14 years old

Areas Served:


Program Length:

7–8 weeks (1-week sessions)

Start Date:

June 23, 2022 (first session)

End Date:

August 19, 2022 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

1:00 pm–5:00 pm M-F


Free - There is no attendance requirement. We encourage students to attend as many sessions as possible and set a goal of each participant attending at least 8 sessions over the whole summer.

We will be taking many precautions to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. Each student will have their own set of art supplies to use throughout the summer. We will wear masks while we are outside, and bring out more folding tables to allow for social distancing while we create. Finally, we will sanitize the work stations between students.

Lead Teachers are CPR/First Aid trained. Education Manager is CT Mandated Reporter trained.

To Register:

Tina Parziale
Education Manager
[email protected]
(860) 232-1006 ext. 129

More about our camp:

For 29 years, Real Art Ways has transformed George Day Park into a vibrant environment for learning and creating. Park Art, our dynamic summer arts program, provides free-of-charge activities to children of the Parkville neighborhood whose families cannot afford to pay for youth summer programs.  Park Art welcomes neighborhood students of all ages and abilities to participate. We also seek to eliminate any barriers that would prevent students from participating, such as registration and attendance requirements. Parents or guardians simply sign their student in each day when we begin. We do set goals of attendance, but–given the multiple needs of the families we serve–we do not require any set minimum of attendance for participation. The “drop in” nature of our program is crucial to serving our community. 

Activities encourage creativity, self-expression, cooperation and learning in an environment that is safe, flexible and fun for children and their families. In accordance with the Connecticut Visual Arts Standards, Park Art workshops combat summer learning loss by offering students stimulating, hands-on activities that help students learn through the process of creating.

Our Park Art curriculum is workshop-based and interdisciplinary.  Whether making pottery, recycled sculpture, marbled paper, or an abstract painting, drumming, juggling, storytelling, or dance, our students experience techniques from diverse cultures, thereby promoting the spirit of inclusiveness. Students come into contact with a wide range of professional artists through our Visiting Artist workshops, which happen at least once a week throughout the summer.

Park Art culminates with an exhibition of student artwork in a Real Art Ways gallery. Student artwork produced during the summer workshops is collected daily by teachers for the purpose of this exhibition. The exhibit opens on the final day of Park Art and remains up for the following month. Students are able to invite guests to view their art on the gallery walls.  This experience gives students a strong feeling of achievement and pride. To see their smiling, prideful faces as they show off their artwork to their loved ones is a heart-warming and uplifting experience. Park Art not only provides children with meaningful, creative activities, but also instills a sense of pride in its participants and bolsters the reputation of Parkville as a culturally rich and vibrant neighborhood. Park Art matches an unmet need in the neighborhood of Parkville, for welcoming, affordable and flexible summer programming. Our longevity in the park contributes to a sense of trust between Real Art Ways and neighborhood families, and we are excited at the prospect of continuing to offer this programming in Summer 2021.