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Monday - Saturday
July 5-30th, 2023
1 -
5 p.m.
J.W. Adams Combined, Pound

Pro-Art’s legendary summer camp is making a comeback this July! CAMP CREATE! will center around a musical theater production of Disney and Pixar’s “Finding Nemo, Jr.”, with a curricular foundation in music, theater, dance, craft, and design to accompany the experiential work of creating a performance.


The day camp will run July 5–30 from 1–5 p.m. Monday – Saturday each week. Open to all Wise County, Dickenson County, and City of Norton children 8–17 years old, the program will operate out of J.W. Adams Combined School in Pound. Limited transportation will be provided by Wise County Public Schools for their students between central locations in Wise County and the camp program.

Thanks in part to the generosity of the Rapha Foundation, Pro-Art is excited to launch this “reboot” of its cherished summer camp with no required cost to student's families. Instead, we're asking participant's families and the wider community to make a contribution to the sustainability of the camp program at any amount that is meaningful to them. We want everyone to be able to participate in this program, but we also want to it to be sustainable financially going forward. We hope that we can foster a community that sees the immense value of this program and helps us to make it last well into the future for the children of our region.

Due to the collaborative nature of theater, participant’s families should understand that each student’s attendance impacts the experience of their classmates who need to speak and sing to each other. As such, we ask parents and guardians to assure that student participants are available through the duration of the program as attendance will impact participation.

Spots are limited. Applications open Friday, May 5th and close on Friday, June 16. Please contact Camp Create! Artistic Director Ashlyn Mullins via email with any questions.


In the late 1980’s and through the early 2000’s, Pro-Art offered a Creative Arts Summer Camp to students in Wise County. The program was incredibly popular, structured around the performance of a musical theater production that culminated the 4-week camp schedule. Parents and former participants still talk about the program fondly and a number of participants went on to work, teach, or participate in the arts as college students and adults.



There is a wealth of evidence in educational and medical literature as well as that of developmental psychology about the value of the arts in the physical and mental health of individuals and the developmental process of children’s growth and education. Musical theater offers a wide spectrum of artistic experience for students to practice singing, dancing, and acting onstage as well as design, craft, and visual art practices in preparation of the scenic and costume elements of the production. Students will also benefit from being a part of a small community of creative peers working together collaboratively toward a common artistic goal.


Camp Create Participant Outcomes:

  • Students will receive extensive and responsible intellectual and emotional engagement during the summer vacation from a dedicated and supportive instructional staff.

  • Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of performance through participation in a culminating theatrical production.

  • Students will explore and experience the production process (planning, rehearsing, building, and performing) to complete a theatrical performance.

  • Students will practice and develop dozens of discipline specific skills in performance, music, dance, visual art, and design, and apply those skills in the process of building a performance.

  • Students will develop a basic conceptual and experiential understanding of teamwork and “community involvement”—how groups of people work together through trust and interdependence to achieve group goals that exceed those of any individual.

  • Students will develop a basic understanding of and appreciation for the relationship of artistic expression to their own thoughts and feelings.

  • Students will develop a basic understanding of how artistic expression allows common human experiences to be shared with others.

  • Students will be introduced to the importance of nutrition, exercise, creativity, and expression in both art and everyday life.

  • Students will experience and practice basic logistical and material problem-solving as a part of the production process.

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