I received a press release about NJPAC’s upcoming “City Verses: Jazz and Poetry Summer Camp,” and … it’s free! At this summer camp, kids will learn about and create jazz poetry, a uniquely American art form that blends verses and rhythm, song and swing. During this two-week, in-person day camp held at Rutgers-Newark University, kids will collaborate with other young creators to share their unique stories and perspectives. Camp sessions are developed and co-taught by NJPAC’s distinguished jazz faculty and Rutgers’ talented MFA poetry candidates. At the end of each week, students will be invited to participate in a casual, open-mic style performance among their peers and instructors.
This camp is targeted to and available for kids between 13 and 18 years old. They mention that if “…you’re an instrumentalist or vocalist with some experience and an interest in jazz, you can learn how to, or develop your existing skills, expressing yourself by composing your own music and collaborating with poets. And/or … if you’re a writer or poet with an interest in expressing yourself through the written word, honing your writing skills, and exploring the process of collaborating with musicians,” then this camp is perfect for you! The distinguished faculty leading this camp can be found by clicking on the link or image below.