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Summer Arts Campers Perform, Host Carnival Parade Tonight

Campers rehearse for tonight's showcase Credits: Peter Haigney/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
A kid paints a picture at the summer arts camp Credits: Peter Haigney/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Dignity, respect, unity—and building a strong community. That's the theme of this year's showcase put on by a city arts summer camp.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight, Aug. 11, at New Brunswick Middle School, 1125 Livingston Ave. Sixty kids from the city will perform and display their visual artwork, as part of the “I am Dignity, I am Respect, I am Unity: Together we are a strong community” show, according to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, whose community health program sponsors the camp.

The Artists Mentoring Against Racism, Drugs & Violence hosts the annual free camp—the Healing Through the Arts Summer Program—which is about to close out its 21st year.

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To celebrate the campers and their accomplishments, tonight's event is slated to include an outdoor carnival parade, theater skits, music and dance, according to the announcement.

Kids learned about dance and other arts at the summer camp. Photo: Peter Haigney/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Sponsors and organizers hope to help campers “reduce bias and promote positive behaviors through a combination of arts education, health literacy and life skills workshops and recreational activities,” according to Robert Wood Johnson.

A number of professional artists and playwrights taught the kids, who are anywhere from 10 to 16 years old, this summer. They explored visual arts, theater, dance, photography and sculpture, according to the release.

They also did team-building and awareness exercises. And, on some days, they took trips to places like Rutgers Gardens, Grounds for Sculpture and Philadelphia, for a mural tour.

Rutgers University's Center for Latino Arts, the Puerto Rican Action Board, the New Brunswick Cultural Center, the Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community Based Research and Service and the Suydam Street Reformed Church also sponsor the annual camp.

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