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ArtStart – Summer Art Program for Children

ArtStart is a summer art program for younger children (ages 4 1/2 to 9 years), offered during June and July and regularly enrolls 90 – 100 children.  ArtStart was founded by former Executive Director, Wendy Bidstrup, in 1985.  Since then, ArtStart has grown and is now serving a third generation of ArtStart campers.  TheArtStart staff consists of music teachers, art teachers, dance teachers, theater arts teachers and various specialists who teach throughout the year.  All faculty members are professionals in their fields.

ArtStart typically meets on the premises for six weeks during the summer months on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, from 9 AM until noon.  Please note:  Due to snow days infringing on ArtStart 2017’s intended dates of Session I, that Session has been rescheduled to June 26 – 30 (Mon. – Fri.), with slightly amended times.  See below for new dates/times.  Also, due to the Fourth of July holiday, Session II/Week One will be held Wed., Thurs. & Fri.)

There are songs and games at the beginning and end of the morning.  Activities include arts and crafts, theater, music and stories.   Session I campers should bring a bag lunch to enjoy at camp.  There is an informal production at the end of each two-week session.


ArtStart 2017

Director:  Jamie Wiksten


Offering Three Convenient Sessions:


Session I: June 26 – June 30 (One week)


One week: 9 AM to 12:30 PM – Mon-Thurs and 9 AM to 1 PM – Fri

Session II: July 5 – July 13 (Two weeks)


First week: 9 AM to Noon – Wed, Thurs, Fri

Second week: 9 AM to Noon – Tues, Wed, Thurs


Session III: July 18 – July 27 (Two weeks) 


Both weeks: 9 AM to Noon – Tues, Wed, Thurs


Tuition: $195 per session (MAC members) and $215 per session (non-members)

**Please note: Current MAC membership at the Family level (or above) is required for discounted ArtStart tuition.  Membership year runs August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017.  If you are uncertain if your membership is current, please call the MAC at (508)748-1266.**