Art + Ingenuity
This summer, the CMA is offering a variety of unique camps to capture the interest of any young artist. Having your child participate in summer camps is a great way for them to think creatively, practice problem-solving skills, and have fun!
Priority Member Registration Now Open
Members get priority registration through February 28, plus 20% off camp pricing. Join today!
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Summer Camps are supported by Publix Super Markets Charities.
Precautions are in place
The CMA is repeating last year's successful safety protocols as we welcome campers back for 2021.
Capacities are limited to allow for physical distancing in the CMA studios; face coverings are required. Want to know more? See details below.
Summer Camp Safety FAQs
- Will CMA staff, interns, and campers be required to wear masks?
Yes. For the safety of staff and guests, everyone over the age of two is required to wear a face covering inside the museum. If your camper is unable to wear a mask for health reasons or requires other accommodations, please alert the CMA staff as soon as possible after registering.
- How can I prepare my child to attend camp at the CMA?
We ask that you and your child (ren) discuss the impact COVID-19 will have on summer camp, including measures like physical distancing and wearing a mask. If your child hasn’t worn a mask for extended periods of time, it may be a good idea to practice at home to get used to it. For a more in-depth overview of what to expect, check out our social story.
- What should I do if my child is ill?
Any signs of illness should be taken seriously, and the camper must be kept at home. Please consult your pediatrician for treatment advice based on your child’s symptoms. If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19 after attending camp, please alert CMA staff.
- Will temperature checks be conducted at the CMA?
Yes, no-touch forehead temperature checks will be performed daily by camp staffers, and caregivers will be required to complete a brief health screening each day before camp.
- What is the CMA protocol if a child or teacher shows signs of COVID-19?
If a child or CMA staff member has a temperature of 100°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, that person will be separated from the group immediately and required to leave the museum as soon as possible. If a caregiver is contacted and asked to pick up their child, that caregiver should come to the Welcome Desk where CMA staff will bring their child to be signed out.
- What is the CMA’s protocol if someone at camp tests positive for COVID-19?
Staff and families will be notified immediately while maintaining confidentiality as required by the HIPPA Privacy Act. Camp will be canceled for the rest of the week and a full refund will be issued. Campers or staffers that have stayed home sick will not be permitted to attend or return to camp again until they have had a negative COVID-19 test or have been fever and fever medication free for 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Where and when should I drop my child off for camp? What is the pickup/sign-out process like?
Drop-off and pickup is on Hampton Street in front of the museum, using the bus lane. Staff will be curbside ready to assist you. For morning camps, drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m. and pickup is at noon. For afternoon camps, drop-off begins at 12:45 p.m. and lasts until 1:00 p.m. and pickup is at 4:00 p.m. Please have your ID ready for every pickup so that CMA staff can verify your identity. During drop-off we will be taking temperatures and asking caregivers to fill out a brief health screening. We ask that you be patient as we implement these safety measures, which we have incorporated into the daily curbside drop-off for your convenience. Caregivers of teen students can elect to sign a driving authorization form so that they can check themselves in and out and will fill out their own health questionnaire with caregiver consent.
- What if my child leaves his/her lunch or gets sick during camp and I must pick up my child?
Please call the Welcome Desk at 803-799-2810 and let them know of the situation. CMA staff will bring your child to be signed out or will meet you at the Welcome Desk to pick up their lunch. All visitors are required to wear a mask inside the building.
- How many campers will be assigned to a studio?
All camp capacities have been significantly reduced to accommodate a six-foot radius around each camper’s work station. Physical distancing will be maintained in at all times.
- Will campers be sharing art supplies?
Each camper will be assigned a kit of supplies that only they will use for the week. In situations where supplies and equipment must be shared, supplies will be sanitized after each use.
- How will you ensure handwashing happens throughout the day?
Campers will be required to wash their hands upon entering the museum each day, after restroom breaks, before and after lunch/snack breaks, and between all art activities. Hand sanitizer also will be available in each classroom.
- Will activity spaces be sanitized?
Yes. All spaces will be sanitized after each use.
- Can my child bring nuts or food containing nuts to camp?
No. Due to sensitivity to nut allergies, CMA camps are nut-free. If anyone in your child’s camp has a severe allergy to a particular food item we will alert you prior to the first day of camp to ensure everyone’s safety.
- Will the CMA be providing lunch or snacks for campers?
The CMA provides a nut-free snack during each camp. The CMA does not provide lunch, but some camps for ages 7 – 12 have the Lunch Buddies option, which means these campers can stay all day from morning camp through afternoon camp. Lunch Buddies bring their own nut-free brown bag lunch, must be registered for both morning and afternoon camps, and pay a $25 fee. As always, food sharing is never permitted at camp.
- Can my child bring a refillable water bottle?
We encourage all campers to bring a water bottle each day labeled with their name. Water fountains are closed until further notice. We will have bottled water on site in case a camper forgets their water bottle that day.
- Where will my child eat snack/lunch?
If your camper is signed up for our Lunch Buddies program, they will eat lunch in the Theater, Salon, or Boyd Plaza. Physical distancing will be maintained in common areas during lunch and snack breaks.
- Will my child still have access to galleries during camp?
Yes, all campers will have access to the galleries during camp.
Summer Camp FAQs
- Which age group should I register my child for?
The CMA offers camps for the following age groups: 7-9, 10-12, 13-18.
- What happens if the week of camp I want to sign up for is full?
Please reach out to Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a waitlist.
- What is the cancellation policy?
The CMA has worked diligently to meet changing protocols and to protect the health and safety of our staff and your young artists. If your child is registered for a camp that the CMA has been forced to cancel, staff will reach out to you. We will make every effort to alert you to any changes at least one week before the camp is scheduled to begin. You'll have three choices for your registration fee:
- Receive a full refund
- Choose a different camp to apply the registration fee towards
- Support the CMA by letting your registration fee become your donation to the museum
The CMA reserves the right to cancel any camp that does not meet minimum enrollment (five campers) or for other unforeseen circumstances. We will do our best to notify families at least one week prior to the start of a camp session if a particular camp is canceled. Any payments made toward a week of camp that the CMA cancels will be eligible for a refund or can be applied to another camp if space permits.
- Can I sign up my child for more than one week?
Absolutely! Registration is by week, and each week of camp is a separate session with its own theme. You are welcome to register your child for as many weeks as you like.
- Do you offer before care or aftercare?
We do not offer before or aftercare.
- Should my camper bring a lunch?
Only campers signed up for Lunch Buddies bring their own nut-free brown bag lunch, must be registered for both morning and afternoon camps, and pay a $25 fee. As always, food sharing is never permitted at camp. Campers not attending Lunch Buddies are asked to eat their lunch either before or after camp each day.
- What does my child need to bring and wear?
We encourage campers to dress for a mess in clothing that they are comfortable creating in. Close-toed shoes are encouraged but not required. Some inside areas can get chilly so some campers may want to bring a sweater or cardigan. All campers will be required to wear a face covering.
- Where do I drop off and pick up my child and what are the drop-off and pickup times?
Drop-off and pickup is on Hampton Street in front of the museum, using the bus lane. Staff will be curbside ready to assist you. For morning camps, drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m. and pickup is at noon. For afternoon camps, drop-off begins at 12:45 p.m. and lasts until 1:00 p.m. and pickup is at promptly 4:00 p.m. Caregivers of teen students can elect to sign a driving authorization form so that they can check themselves in and out. Please have your ID ready for every pickup so that CMA staff can verify your identity. During drop-off we will be taking temperatures and asking caregivers to fill out a brief health screening. We ask that you be patient as we implement these safety measures, which we have incorporated into the daily curbside drop-off for your convenience.
Wilson Bame is manager of engagement at the Columbia Museum of Art. He has worked with youth in an array of educational roles, from coaching youth soccer to working as a guitar instructor and camp counselor. His volunteer work with the homeless led him back into the arts after college, where he then received his master's degree in arts administration. Bame enjoys using discarded materials to create fun and interesting pieces of art.
Glenna Barlow is the curator of education at the Columbia Museum of Art. She has a Master of Science in elementary education from the University of Mary Washington as well as a Master of Arts in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is certified to teach K-6 and has more than 10 years of experience teaching children of all ages and in various schools and museums.
Alison Cicero Moore is an artist, jeweler, and educator. Her work utilizes traditional drawing and contemporary metalworking techniques to reinterpret and re-create heirloom jewelry pieces. Moore teaches studio art and art appreciation classes in higher education throughout the Columbia area and has served as an artist-in-residence with Richland Library and Stormwater Studios.
Jaime Chason is a secondary arts educator in Lexington Richland 5. She grew up in Columbia and currently teaches at the same high school she attended 17 years ago. Her classes include AP 2D Art, Art History, Photography, 2D Design I, and Visual Arts Foundations. When she's not teaching, Chason enjoys painting, making wacky drawings, collage, and hanging out with her dog, Marnie.
Katrina Hampton is a Columbia-based artist and teacher working across a variety of disciplines including printmaking, collage, painting, and mixed media. She currently teaches AP Studio Art, Talented & Gifted Visual Arts (TAG), and Digital Photography at Westwood High School in Richland Two. Hampton has been an instructor for CMA summer camps since 2013.
Sara McGregor is a visual arts teacher at River Bluff High School, where her classes include Digital Photography 1 and 2 and Art 1. McGregor is a graduate of UofSC with a Master of Arts in Teaching in art education and the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in arts management. Her photographs have been exhibited at the CMA, UofSC, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art “Young Contemporaries,” a jury-selected exhibition.
Criss Mitchell is a freelance illustrator who has worked on Marvel comics such as Power Man and Iron Fist as well as card illustrations with Upper Deck. Mitchell currently teaches visual arts at the Midlands Arts Conservatory.
Alia Schwartz received her BFA in fine art and art education from UofSC, where she was both a Magellan Research and Mary Carter Grant Scholar, and has a Master of Education with a major in teaching and learning as an arts educator. Schwartz has taught art in Richland School District One for six years and currently teaches visual arts at the Midlands Arts Conservatory.
Blakely Sheely earned a BFA from Winthrop University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lander University. She is a National Board Certified 3D art educator at Dutch Fork High School, where she has taught sculpture for 10 years. Sheely is a working artist in fiber, metals, ceramics, and jewelry.
Dana Witkoski is an engagement specialist at the Columbia Museum of Art. A Columbia native, she has a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from UofSC. Witkoski has crafted and sold her own jewelry at stores and art fairs around the city and has taught classes and workshops at the CMA since 2016.
Some camps for Ages 7 – 12 have the Lunch Buddies option, which means these campers can stay all day from morning camp through afternoon camp. Lunch Buddies bring their own brown bag lunch, must be registered for both morning and afternoon camps, and pay a $25 fee.
Ages 4 – 6: $150 / $120 for Solo members and above
Ages 7 – 9: $175 / $140 for Solo members and above
Ages 10 – 12: $175 / $140 for Solo members and above
Ages 13 - 18: Prices vary
Drop–off and pickupDrop-off and pickup is on Hampton Street at Boyd Plaza in front of the museum, using the bus lane. Staff will be curbside ready to assist you. For morning camps, drop-off is 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. and pickup is at noon. For afternoon camps, drop-off is 12:45 – 1:00 p.m. and pickup is at 4:00 p.m. Parents of teen students can elect to sign a driving authorization form so that students can check themselves in and out.
The museum occasionally takes pictures of students participating in classes for promotional use. If you have concerns about your child being photographed, please inform us upon registration.
Registration and Refund Policy
Please note that registration is required for all camps and fees are nonrefundable.
Summer Camp Forms
Looking to get ahead on your paperwork? Here are some forms you'll need to fill out for your camper:
The CMA offers need-based scholarships for summer camps. You can help a child in need attend summer camp by adding any additional amount to your total, which will go directly to the CMA Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Call 803-343-2170 about donating to the fund or applying for scholarships.
Deadline: May 17
21 / June
Prides, Packs, and Parades
Monday – Friday, June 21 - 25 | 9:00 a.m. – NoonSummer Camp: Ages 4 – 6 What’s a group of kids having fun at a museum called? Summer camp! Just like groups of animals, groups of art and artists are described in different ways. In this camp, discover how these two can be thought about in similar ways.
21 / June
Pencil Me In
Monday – Friday, June 21 - 25 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.Summer Camp: Ages 7 – 9 From figure drawing to shading and perspective, campers learn the basics of 2D composition with media ranging from pencils to charcoal. They get inspired sketching inside and outside of the museum as they learn time-tested techniques to make drawings come to life.