Visual & Performing Arts STEAM Academy


Hill-Stead Museum and Farmington Continuation Education join together to offer a unique summer camp experience for students, grades 2 through 8, from Farmington, Hartford, New Britain, and Plainville, August 2–13, weekdays from 8 am to 3 pm.

Please note that students from other locations are warmly welcome to join; however, the program will not be able to provide transportation from and to these additional locations.

This dynamic program offers opportunities for students to experience bold, innovative, and engaging visual, performing arts, and STEAM enrichment activities.

The morning begins at Hill-Stead with “screen-free” activities such as painting outdoors, writing poetry in the sunken garden, and dance & music classes in the Makeshift Theater. Students will also interact with Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of artworks, including French Impressionist paintings by Degas, Monet & Manet along with works by Whistler and Cassatt, Japanese woodblock prints, botanical prints by Albrecht Durer, etchings and drawings by notable artists.

Afternoons are spent at Farmington High School with a focus on performing arts such as dance, African drumming, Chinese strings/percussion instrumentation, and theater. Students will engage in art exploration through technology in activities like game design and animation, as well as traditional studio arts like clay, drawing, and painting.

Bus transportation between sites will be provided midday, along with lunch and a snack. Students should bring a water bottle.

Please note: The $25 registration fee for this program is contingent on the award of the AccelerateCT Innovation Grant through the State Department of Education. This fee is due upon registration! 

Since the current program design is contingent on grant funding, should funding not be awarded, the program design may be altered, whereas an additional $125 registration fee will be due on July 1. Registered families will receive communication should funding not be awarded and the design of the program alters before additional fees are charged.


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