Campers visiting Studio Be with Brandan "B-Mike" Odums
Clay workshop with local artist Veronica Lee
Camp Oya! is a multidisciplinary summer arts program that provides underserved youth ages 8 to 13 with a creative platform where they not only engage in art based activities consisting of visual art classes and weekly explorations to galleries and museums, but youth also engage in community building activities with small business owners and attend entrepreneurial workshops that prepare them to showcase their businesses and products during our culminating program.
Banking Workshop with Toni Dixon of Iberia Bank
Youth Entrepreneur Workshop with Klassi Duncan of the New Orleans Area Urban League th
Culminating Youth Marketplace Exhibition
Another strong component of our program is the intentional implementation of a curriculum rooted in New Orleans art and culture. This portion of the program was birthed from Keepers of the Culture , another arts program developed by Camp Oya's executive director and local artist Journey Allen.
This aspect of the program offers youth a perspective of New Orleans culture as it relates to the impact that the enslaved Africans had on creating the indigenous culture that we take pride in celebrating today. Additional activities include yoga, swimming, gardening, freedom songs, creative movement and health & fitness classes.
Building flower beds at Gloria's Garden
Yoga with Chelsey at The Church of Yoga
If you would like to make a donation of non-perishable snack items and/or bottled water to our campers, please contact Director, Journey Allen via email at: . Donations of snack crackers, pretzels, packaged fruit, pudding, granola bars would be greatly appreciated as we do not practice filling our campers bellies with items high in fats and sugars such as potato chips or candy.
Our 2019 Session was a GRAND SUCCESS!