Youth Camps and Classes

Art classes and camps for youth

MCBA is proud to partner with other fantastic centers across the Twin Cities to encourage curiosity and exploration in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, history, photography/video, cooking, writing, and other creative endeavors. These unique partnerships give your child the opportunity to expand their creativity and explore many different art forms hands-on!

These classes are designed for youth to attend independently; for workshops where kids and their adults can work side-by-side, please visit our Family Classes page.



Culture Camp: "ZooMagination" summer camp

Culture Camp: ZooMagination
Monday-Friday, August 8-12; 9am-3pm
For ages 6-8

Can’t choose between music, theatre, dance, and visual art? Culture Camp is perfect for you! Spend each day of the week working with a professional teaching artist at a different arts organization across Minneapolis: Children's Theatre Company, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, MacPhail Center for Music, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Zenon Dance School.

If you created a brand new animal, what would it be? What COULD it be? Use your art and creativity to discover what it looks like, the sounds it makes, the way it moves and more!

Friends and family are invited to a presentation at each location every day at 2:45pm. Participants must provide their own transportation and lunch. Please note: The two age groups for Culture Camp have different schedules and do not attend the same organization on the same day. Limited scholarships are available; contact kjenkins@childrenstheatre.org for details.

$300 ($275 for current members of any of the participating centers)
Register online through CTC or call 612-874-0400.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 8, 2016

Culture Camp: "Spaces and Places" summer camp

Culture Camp: Spaces and Places
Monday-Friday, August 8-12; 9am-3pm
For ages 8-11

Can’t choose between music, theatre, dance, and visual art? Culture Camp is perfect for you! Spend each day of the week working with a professional teaching artist at a different arts organization across Minneapolis: Children's Theatre Company, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, MacPhail Center for Music, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Zenon Dance School.

Where will you go? What will you encounter? Settings, environments, weather patterns, and more inform our artistic journey through different spaces and places.

Friends and family are invited to a presentation at each location every day at 2:45pm. Participants must provide their own transportation and lunch. Please note: The two age groups for Culture Camp have different schedules and do not attend the same organization on the same day. Limited scholarships are available; contact kjenkins@childrenstheatre.org for details.

$300 ($275 for current members of any of the participating centers)
Register online through CTC or call 612-874-0400.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 8, 2016

Journey to the Center of the Earth (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Journey to the Center of the Earth: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, August 15-19; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 6-8

In this class, we’ll treat stories as spaceships, airplanes, boats, submarines, and time machines. The stories we write will allow us to travel across vast distances (into outer space, to the bottom of the ocean, to Mount Fiji and Antarctica and the Great Wall of China) as well as backwards and forwards in time (running from the age of the dinosaurs to hundreds of years in the future). We’ll use books, video clips, and photographs as inspiration for conjuring up these journeys. We’ll compile the pieces we write, and revise, in a log of our travels.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 15, 2016

It’s All About Me (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

It’s All About Me: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, August 15-19; 1pm-4:15pm
For students ages 9-11

Who says being selfish is a bad thing? If you want to get to know yourself better and create your very own book of you, then hurry and sign up for this class. We’ll use fun writing exercises to help you tell your own story of who you are and what you think, feel, and dream. We’ll show you how to use your writing and other materials to create a beautiful book, with you as the main character! This is a hands-on workshop that provides quirky writing prompts to get you thinking about yourself in a new way. You’ll have plenty of time to try different ways of writing, and if you like, to share your writing with others. You’ll also get your hands dirty in materials like paste, paint, and markers as you work on your book. At the end of this class, you will take home a wonderful book version of yourself.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 15, 2016