Summer Camps

Each year from June to August, students from kindergarten through 12 grade can enjoy a variety of week-long (or multi-week) classes to support their artistic interests. Choose from ceramics, cooking, comic book art, dance, drawing, music, painting, theater, and much more. Classes are moderately priced and financial assistance is available based on need.


June 25-29, 2018
Paint Party
Grades K-8
Students will learn some fundamentals of art while they are encouraged to tap into their own creativity. Children will be encouraged to think outside the box while painting outside the lines. Having fun is the main objective!
Instructor: Kim Valentine
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cost: $75 ($60 for 2018 ACW Members)
Maximum: 15 Students

July 9-13, 2018
Comic Art
Grades 3-8
Students can learn the art of drawing comic books, cartoons, and pinups using the same tools and techniques used by the pros!
Instructor: Louis Small
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cost: $75 ($60 for 2018 ACW Members)
Maximum: 15 Students

July 16-20, 2018
The Art of Paper Mache

Grades 3-8
Students will make and decorate bowls using Paper Mache, and then they will move on to more complex paper sculpture techniques to make a 3D object of their choosing!
Instructor: Julie Ann Haas
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cost: $75 ($60 for 2018 ACW Members)
Maximum: 15 Students

July 23-27, 2018
Indigo Fabric Design
Grades 3-8
Using the Whirligigs as inspiration, the kids will transform clothes into blue treasures in a natural indigo vat. On the last day of camp they will have a fashion show to model their creations and everyone will leave with their own designer outfits!
Instructor: Corola Jones
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cost: $75 ($60 for 2018 ACW Members)
Maximum: 15 Students



June 11-22, 2018
Disney’s The Lion King Experience Kids
Grades K-8
Disney’s The Lion King Experience Kids is a delightful show based on the classic children’s movie. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the Jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

All participants will be given a role and taught acting and other performance techniques that culminate in a show! This two-week musical theater camp will allow students K - 8 to develop their theater skills through lessons and exercise as well as hone their performance abilities as they work together to put on a production at the end of the week.
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (two week camp)
Camp Performance: Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. (Tickets: $5 per person)
Cost: $250 ($220 for 2018 members)
Maximum: 30 students

July 30-August 3, 2018
Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids

Grades K-8
Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s 101 Dalmations KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaption is certain to charm and delight all audiences. Pet owners, Roger and Anita, live happily in London with their Dalmations, Pongo and Perdita, stalwart dogs devoted to raising their puppies. Everything is quiet until Anita’s former classmate, the monstrous Cruella De Vil, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. The Dalmations rally all the dogs of London for a daring rescue of the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchman.

Join us for this fun-filled crash course that will expose our young stars to all aspects of theater and how to put on a show-stopping production in just one week. From auditioning to set/costume work to blocking and memorization, they will exercise skills of personal expression, organization, and teamwork all while having fun. They will put together a show in one week with a final performance for all families and friends. This camp is a great introduction into our ACT! For Youth program during the academic year.

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Camp Performance: Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m. (Tickets: $5 per person)
Cost: $125 ($110 for 2018 members)
Maximum: 30 students

Visit for more information. To register for Visual Arts and/or performing arts camps through the Arts Council of Wilson, please call (252) 291-4329 or visit the Box Office at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, located at 108 Nash Street NE, Wilson, NC 27893 during hours of operation: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Important Information

Eligibility: Children are only eligible to register for camps for the grade range they have just completed in 2016-2017 school year.

Registration: Complete the Registrations and Health/Permission forms. Forms can downloaded here and mailed with payment to: Arts Council of Wilson, 124 Nash Street SW, Wilson, NC 27893-3956, or you may drop them off at the Arts Council during business hours or fax them to 252-234-0049. Additional forms are available upon request. If you have any questions, please call the Arts Council at 252-291-4329.

Payment: Camp fees are listed under each camp. Full payment is due at the time of registration. No refunds will be given for cancellations once registered. We are accepting registrations up to the Friday that is ten days prior to the camp’s start on Monday.

Cancellations: The Arts Council reserves the right to cancel camps due to low enrollment. Campers will be notified by the Tuesday preceding the camp’s start on Monday if the camp will be canceled. A full refund will be issued if summer camps are canceled by the Arts Council.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available based on need. Call for more information. Please submit applications at the Arts Council at least two weeks prior to the start of the camp. Applications can be downloaded from the website or picked up at the Arts Council.

Arrivals and Departures: All campers are to check-in at the Wilson Arts Center / Arts Council (unless they are attending the Full Day Disney’s The Lion King Experience Kids or Seussical: The Musical Kids camps; then check-in is at the Boykin Center). Camps begin promptly at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and you must accompany your child into the building. Please notify the Arts Council staff if your child will be late or not attending a day of camp. When picking up your child, you will be required to sign him/her out. Only persons authorized on the Permission Form will be allowed to pick up your child. If you are more than 30 minutes late picking up your camper, a $10 fee will be assessed.

Snacks & Lunches: Please remember to send snacks and lunch along with drinks for those attending Full Day camps. Should your camper register for Half Day Morning and Half Day Afternoon sessions, we can provide supervision (NO FOOD) for the 12:00-1:00 lunch hour for a fee of $10 for the week. The lunch hour fee does not apply for Full Day camps.

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