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Sarah Lawrence College Offers Summer Programs to Unleash the Artist Within

If you have the urge to unleash the artist within, SLC’s Summer Programs provide the perfect opportunity to explore your creative side.

Sarah Lawrence College will offer six summer programs including intensive workshops in film and musical theater and creative writing for high school students and adults. And for the first time this year, the college is partnering with Mayapple Center for Arts and the Humanities on an intensive program that will encourage artists, poets, and musicians to create transformative, inspiring, and collaborative pieces on one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: Climate Change.

“The goal of Summer Programs at Sarah Lawrence is to provide programs that represent the core values of the Sarah Lawrence pedagogy and mission during the summer months for people of all ages,” said Katrina Ruth-Leigh, Director of Summer Programs at Sarah Lawrence College. “The Mayapple and Sarah Lawrence Summer Intensive is geared towards an adult artist audience who may be grappling with how to apply their art to an issue – climate change, in the case of this coming summer – of deep relevance in the world around them.” 

Below is a short description of the programs being offered: For more information, visit https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/


Sunday, June 12th through June 19, 2016.

An innovative summer arts and humanities program for adults. This year’s focus is “How Can Artists and Scholars Respond to Climate Change?” Everyone will have the opportunity to work across disciplines and express their intellectual and artistic creativity in a setting that promotes cultural vitality. The workshops feature one-on-one time with instructors, interactive evening activities, and the option of morning yoga and meditation sessions. Participants will share their final projects in a joint reading, performance, and exhibit at the culmination of the workshop. See more at: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/ce/mayapple.html#sthash.d9P6qKzU.dpuf


Writer’s Village

Sunday, July 10 – Saturday, July 30, 2016

A fiction and poetry workshop led by members and guests of Sarah Lawrence’s celebrated writing faculty. Participate in readings, craft talks, and free writing periods that are designed to supplement your learning. This program is for students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2016. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. See more at: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/pre-college/writers-village.html#sthash.aA4DTGgB.dpuf

Musical Theater
Sunday, July 10 – Saturday, July 30, 2016

Participate in an exciting and rigorous program this summer with a special focus on musical theatre that includes acting technique, vocal technique, vocal coaching, choreography, and creating and developing original work. Take part in the vibrancy of a creative ensemble which will work toward the development of a “work in progress” performance piece. If you love musical theatre, this three week intensive will develop and strengthen the skills needed to propel your creative work to the next level. This program is open to students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2016. See more at: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/pre-college/summer/musical-theatre.html#sthash.mRa3heHu.dpuf

Film Intensive
Sunday, June 26 – Saturday, July 30, 2016

In partnership with the International Film Institute of New York, SLC offers this unique opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking in an in-depth, supportive, and intimate program. Gain hands-on experience and instruction in all aspects of filmmaking, focusing on writing for the screen, direction, production and post production. Lectures feature hands-on camera work, augmented by special guest speakers and behind-the-scenes visits to Manhattan production studios and editing facilities. Write, direct, produce, shoot, and edit your own short video to which you own the exclusive rights—ready for your professional portfolio, graduate school application, or Web distribution. See more at: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/pre-college/summer/film-intensive.html#sthash.vKRFXZTH.dpuf

Social Justice Intensive
Sunday, July 10 – Saturday, July 30, 2016

Designed to give high school students an immersive experience of the unique pedagogy of Sarah Lawrence, the social justice intensive provides students theoretical, historical, and present day perspectives on issues such as class, gender, sexuality, and race. This non-credit interdisciplinary intensive will give students a chance to learn, discuss, and then apply their knowledge by creating their own social justice platforms. Throughout this process, students will be guided and mentored by members of Sarah Lawrence’s award winning faculty. Both commuter and residential options are available for this program. This program is open to students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2016– See more at: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/pre-college/summer/social-justice.html#sthash.adYIp5hE.dpuf

High School Writers
Tuesday, July 5 – Saturday, July 9, 2016

Writer’s Workshop for High School Students offers young writers an opportunity to explore the creative process with skilled writers and artists, and to experience the joys of writing in a supportive environment. No previous creative writing experience is necessary—only a commitment to learning, a fascination with words, and a desire to be part of a community that values art and experimentation. This program is sponsored by the Graduate Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College and the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association. See more at: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/pre-college/summer/writers-workshop/#sthash.xdElWAwD.dpuf


About Sarah Lawrence College

Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence College is a prestigious, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, for its long history of impassioned, intellectual engagement, and for its vibrant, successful alumni. For more information, please visit www.sarahlawrence.edu.

About Mayapple

Mayapple creates an atmosphere where artists and scholars of exceptional stature come to teach and collaborate with small groups of dedicated, like-minded participants.  Just one hour north of New York City, Mayapple offers diverse programs in a restorative environment where the pressures of quotidian life are suspended, freeing participants and faculty to pursue artistic and intellectual passions. The center’s holistic approach to artistic growth and development is also demonstrated by our dedication to sustainability.