The Visual & Performing Arts Department at Lake Michigan College offers a variety of arts education opportunities this summer for students as young as 6-years-old to adults on the Benton Harbor Campus and The GhostLight Theatre.
LMC will hold the popular Make Your Own Instrument and Ukulele camps in conjunction with the Fab Lab; a new circus arts camp, CircEsteem, in partnership with The GhostLight; a new performance art collaboration camp, Kaleidoscope, and its Musical Theatre Intensive, in collaboration with Children’s Music Workshop.
The following summer workshops are now accepting registration:
Make Your Own Instrument
June 14-17, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; age 8 and older
In conjunction with the LMC Fab Lab, this week-long camp focuses on making a musical instrument out of unconventional materials, in this case, computer parts. Students will learn what makes an instrument before designing and creating their unique piece. Instruments include aerophone (winds/brass), chordophone (string instruments), idiophone or membranophone (percussion). Cost: $119.
Ukulele Building Workshop
July 6-8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; age 8 and older
In conjunction with the LMC Fab Lab, participants in this popular camp will learn how to build, decorate, string, and play a wooden ukulele using a ukulele kit, laser cutters, and Adobe illustrator. Cost: $109.
July 12-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; age 6-16
In this week-long camp, a collaboration between The Ghostlight Theatre and LMC Visual & Performing Arts, children explore the many skills of the circus arts in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Skills taught may include trapeze, acrobatics, clowning, juggling, stilt walking, gym wheel, tightwire, rola bola, and mini-trampoline. Students will share their newfound skills with family and friends at the end of the week in a performance. Cost: $250 (scholarships available). Application deadline: June 15 (limited to 45 participants). Apply at ghostlightbh.com/events.
June-July (specific dates and times will be announced following registration); age 13-18
New and pandemic friendly, participants will develop a fabric of music, dance, poetry, theatre, and visual art that will be woven together on the LMC Nature Trail for a public, socially distanced interactive experience. Rehearsals begin on weekends and evenings in June over Zoom and move to individual and small group meetings on mutually scheduled days after the school year ends. The week of July 19, participants will gather on-site to build a set and rehearse performances. The public exhibition of the finished work is 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. on July 24. Cost $250 (scholarships available).
Musical Theatre Intensive
July 26-30, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; age 12-20
Calling all aspiring Broadway stars! This program, a partnership between Children’s Music Workshop and LMC Visual & Performing Arts, offers a week-long triple threat intensive to develop skills and show off talents in singing, acting, and dancing. Students will complete a pre-assessment of their skill levels. A public performance showcase is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 30 in the Hanson Theatre on the Benton Harbor Campus. Cost $200 (scholarships available).
Summer Arts Enrichment and Community Education Courses
LMC’s Visual & Performing Arts also will offer a catalog of non-credit, community education classes available to participants of all ages. These opportunities include individual instrument and voice lessons, music composition, music ensembles, dance classes, and a frequently updated list of visual & performing arts experiences. Rates vary by course
Social distancing protocols will be in place throughout the summer. Information regarding LMC’s safety protocols can be found on the college's COVID-19 webpage.