2013 D2GB Camp-Cultural Exchange and more
We witnessed individual, and even more, the growth of a community through this camp where children came together from NYC, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Peru. Volunteering artists expressed how much they learned from the campers during classes they were teaching. With the focus of cultural exchange campers took classes in hip-hop, salsa, jazz, bomba from Puerto Rico, the Afro-Peruvian dance festejo, Mexico’s son jarocho, Shakespeare, voice and spoken word, and a very special percussion class in which children were able to express different rhythms. This camp would not be possible without the artists and volunteers that donate their time, talent and heart to make a difference in the lives of these children. Yes, our focus for the year is cultural exchange but this camp had an underlying theme of LOVE, Growth, and a strong presence of RL’s Circle Effect.
- 214 Children were affected
- 8 International campers from Peru, Colombia & Puerto Rico
- 10 Schools and Community Organizations brought children to the camp
- 31 Teaching Artists from Broadway, Off- Broadway, Film and T.V
- 64 Classes in dance, acting, clowning, puppetry, music, Shakespeare & more
- 25+ Cultures were present through campers, teachers & volunteers
- 50 Camp volunteers
- 7,000 followers on social Media
- 7 Sponsors that make the camp possible
Participating Organizations Include: Infinity Chorus, La Union, Department of Homeless Services, The Brooklyn International High School, Claremont International High School, Park Performing Arts Center.
- importance of a healthy living
On Friday, August 2nd, we concluded with a day of celebration at the National Dance Institute in Harlem. Founder/Director Luis Salgado invited the camp’s community to share their culture through, music, dance and their stories. Children danced steps that they learned from Dionne Figgins (Motown), Peruvian artist Juan Pablo Lostannau, and more. Our little ones raised their voices in a song written by Elasea Douglas (FELA) that reminded us to LOVE.
“I came to the camp because of my mom. I didn’t want to but now I want to come back every year, as camper or volunteer. I learned to dance and sing and I was very happy learning other cultures”
–said Keanu, a 10-year-old New Yorker of Peruvian background
“As a mother I need to say thank you for the opportunity for my daughter to know very different and yet very similar kids. This could not be possible in Peru. This opened her eyes to many things for her future. She was very taken care of and loved, I can see that from her smile. She has been very happy. It inspires me to think what I can do in my community.”
-Maria Elena Cantuarias Rey
- Dare to Go Beyond by taking risks, accepting challenges and pushing past limits that would keep me from trying my best.
- Commit to pursuing my own goals and understanding that my success is measured by challenging and competing with only myself.
- Respect those who have committed time and talent to teaching me, to the learning process and my peers by arriving early, listening and being considerate of others time and space.
- Believe that “I can” and to understand that mistakes happen and are necessary to help us learn.
- Support myself as well as others by working together with my group and learning from those around me.
This program is supported by
The Herman Goldman Foundation.