This week we are excited to highlight our Arts program at camp, with a special spotlight on Maayan. Please watch the video above to see highlights of our Arts activities.
This summer the Maayan department is gaining a reputation for being a very messy place at camp! And inside that mess, they are creating something together that is larger than any one of us could create alone.
Everything done in the Maayan tent is communal and collaborative; each pod leaves their work for the next one to build upon. Chanichim are inspired by the materials to create their own work and to date their spontaneous group projects have included several life-sized people, a giraffe, and a castle with a draw-bridge. Staff and counselors are encouraged to work alongside campers as true partners, supporting them and also helping them problem solve and trouble shoot when challenges arise. This is especially important since so many of our campers were socially isolated for many months during the pandemic and are now "re-learning" how to be in group and social settings again.
This summer Maayan is highlighting contemporary artists from all over Israel. Each week, they do a deep dive into the artist, exploring their unique artistic process, and their materials. For example, last week chanichim explored the artist Nirit Takele, an Ethiopian Jewish artist living in Israel, whose work centers on her family and community. Chanichim discussed “earth colors” and how colors of the earth and soil are similar to the colors of our skin. They created skin tone papers and used them as part of a collage to create two works showing our beautiful community!
We wish you a Shabbat Shalom!