Culture Bugs!

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All Arts All Day Long: Culture Bugs' Wildly Artful Summer 2017

Culture Bugs Summer Mini-Camp!
June 12-16, June 19-30 & July 10-21  
&
HiArt!’s Magical Mega Manga Camp  
June 12-16, June 19-30 & July 10-21


August Manga Camp News Coming Soon!  

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Now in its 19th arts-exploding summer, this Best of New York arts program revs up for another fantastic year of ART, ART and MUCH MORE ART than ever before. From tots to teens, Culture Bugs! offers a summer of magical fun especially designed for kids with some of the city's most talented, experienced resident teaching artists! Prepare for the insanely wild kitchen sink of great art making! From Painting to Manga to Video to Opera to Gallery Hops, Great Art will prevail! Prepare for the most inspiring summer of your life!, with our incredible staff, kids are guaranteed to have the artiest, most inspiring summer of their lives. The time is NOW! Join us for a kind of ARTFUL FUN you've never had before!

Art in every form imaginable - an all around festival of the ARTS! One thing for sure: At Culture Bugs you will NEVER be bored!

Why scramble for something to do, when something great is right at your door?


Download a registration form NOW!

HI ART!– New York’s premiere arts program – presents its eighteenth summer of CULTURE BUGS! the city’s most brilliant and exhilarating mini-camp in the contemporary arts.

Like Hi Art!, Culture Bugs! is fully committed to a creative, child-centered methodology that encourages children to express themselves freely, to develop a sense of ease, familiarity and mastery in the "high" arts, and have a ton of fun all at the same time.

Culture Bugs! integrates visits to the city’s most important museums and galleries with focused in-studio sessions of music, dance and hands-on art. Children dig into a broad range of artists’ materials as they sing, dance, improvise, read poetry, listen to late 20th and 21st century music and stretch their active minds and bodies into new and exciting configurations. Each child works according to his or her abilities, and appropriate faculty is available to work with both older and younger participants.

There is a 5:1 camper/ teacher ratio of talented artists drawn from some of the
best arts institutions and MFA programs in the country: Columbia, SVA, Yale, Harvard and Hunter, to name just a few. The program encourages children to take the lead in dictating the shape of projects, and the continued emphasis on well-defined themes gives them a sense of autonomy and creative freedom.

Culture Bugs! Is there such a thing as a typical day?

While we pride ourselves in our flexibility and artistic flow, there is nonetheless an identifiable format for the typical day. You’ll often find us beginning in the studio with our core work – a musical masterpiece – dramatically, visually and kinesthetically presented with materials developed by HiArt! director, Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène. Children use the music as a source of inspiration, fleshing it out in their own mixed-media artworks that continue to evolve throughout the summer. As they immerse themselves in their art projects -- developing their personal artistic vision and skills -- children become actively, rather than passively, involved with the core work. Recent core works have included an extraordinary array of compositions: from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony to Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, from Janecek’s The Cunning Little Vixen to Berlioz’s Le Spectre de la Rose.

The second part of the “typical” morning might be spent at museums or on gallery hops, doing large-scale outdoor art activities, or completing studio art projects related to an exhibition we’ve visited or will visit.

Children under kindergarten age can come to Culture Bugs! with a caregiver from 9:30am-12:00pm -- or same time every day! Of course, Big Kids K+ can come for the full day (on their own, of course) which includes lunch.

Our summer schedule is 100% kid-friendly! Kids who need downtime can come three days, and for the art-starved there are lots of full-week options, including massive Manga for the anime addicted. So that if you need coverage -- or your kid just can't get enough of us -- this summer they will be able to join our incredible staff of artists for full days of the coolest art-making conceivable.

Younger children come with an adult partner who participates fully in all aspects of the program. As active advocates in the art adventure, parents or caregivers sing, dance, glue , design and hop right alongside their kids. Enthusiastic adults offer a clear model for future successes. No lesser talent than Frank Gehry said of his grandmother who sat on the floor and built cities with him: "Here was an adult saying you could be grown up and still play. That’s real creativity.


Over the past nineteen years our myriad outings have left no artful stone unturned! We’ve seen every major show in the area including: Joan Mitchell at the Whitney, Mariko Mori’s POD, Alexander Calder at Storm King, the welded steel show at the Neuberger Museum, Rauschenberg’s Synapsis Shuffle at the Whitney, the Kusama retropsective at MOMA, Frank Gehry at the Guggenheim, DADA and the list goes on and on. We’ve even ridden the rails to the DIA center in Beacon! Thought-provoking lessons and activities either precede or follow gallery visits encouraging children to incorporate impressions and insights gained into their own artwork. Wonderfully ambitious projects have been the program’s mainstay: from building our own Gehryesque museums to wrapping landscapes of our own devising a la Christo.

You may not think of lunch as
art-driven, but believe it or not, it¹s a big deal at Culture Bugs! Like every activity we do, lunch is part of our adventure ­ whether at Pepe Giallo in Chelsea, or every kid¹s favorite: Eat on Eight in our old building at 601 West 26th Street – lunch is about choice and freedom and the art of eating.

After lunch it's All Studio Art for Big Kids, an all hands-on art program working with real artists’ materials and ideas‚ a big kids’ haven for all modes of art and self-expression. Since the program’s inception children have explored a broad range of artmaking: from filmmaking to costume design and bookmaking and manga. Incredibly talented working artists guide the children in open-ended projects that allow for a mix of creative expression and real technique.

No matter how big or small, there's a place at Culture Bugs for your child. Great friends, great advertures, an amazing, child-centered entre into the land of high art for kids whose imaginations and intelligence want something more!

A very limited number of spaces are available and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Informal pre-camp open houses will give enrolled families the opportunity to meet and arrange after-camp activities together
Culture Bugs! Summer Mini-Campswill be held in our gorgeous, new, air-conditioned, natural light studio in Chelsea. Just 2 blocks from Penn Station. Feel free to call with any questions you might have: 212-209-1552.

As always, children will be swept up by the best gallery hops, the most wonderful, work with imaginative HiArt! teachers, a steady stream of great music and endless inspiration and encouragement. As the great Dada, Tristan Tzara, said, “Accept no forgeries!”

HiArt! where everything artful is possible!

Culture Bugs! is the place to be for Artiest Summer under the Sun!

“Only in New York,” he was overheard whispering, as he and his wife made their way through the Rothko show at the Whitney, “can you find a two-year old sitting and drawing Rothko.” Unbeknownst to him, however, the “two-year old” was really a twenty month old and she was not alone, but accompanied by a small group of three, four and five year olds, all assiduously at work attempting to reproduce their favorite Rothko paintings. Opera singer Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène, founder and director of HI ART! – an unusual workshop, which offers young children an “introduction to high art aesthetics,” – smiles broadly. “People at the Whitney show were completely amazed by our children. In one hour I was approached by four people, including two psychologists and the friend of a well-known Latin American sculptor. They can’t believe their eyes.”

Culture Bugs! Summer 2017
Mini-Camp Schedule

The Craziest Mazie Summer Culture Bugs Camp of All Time!
June 12-16, June 19-30 & July 10-21


A GREAT CHOICE FOR ART LOVING KIDS!
For kids from 3-15
The Craziest Mazie Summer Culture Bugs Camp of All Time!
June 12-16

Building great young artists bursting with ideas about themselves and their place in a new art world -- lots of everything art: manga painting sculpture architecture mixed media watercolor movement drawing photography gallery hops.
BIG KIDS (Ages 5-15)
Monday-Friday including kid friendly lunch every day
9:30am-3:30pm
$1,375
Little KIDS (3-5 with adult companion)
Tuesday-Thursday

9:30am-12:00pm

$500


For kids from 3-15

The Craziest Mazie Summer Culture Bugs Camp of All Time!
June 19-30, July 10-21

BIG KIDS (Ages 5-15)
Monday-Friday including kid friendly lunch every day
9:30am-3:30pm
$2,750
Little KIDS (3-5 with adult companion) Tuesday-Thursday
9:30am-12:00pm
$990
For kids from 5-15

Magical Mega Manga Camp
June 12-16

BIG KIDS (Ages 5-15)
Monday-Friday including kid friendly lunch every day
9:30am-3:30pm
$1,375
For kids from 5-15

Magical Mega Manga Camp
June 19-30 & July 10-21

BIG KIDS (Ages 5-15)
Monday-Friday including kid friendly lunch every day
9:30am-3:30pm
$2,750

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Culture Bugs!
Mini-Camp Enrollment Terms and Conditions

• An adult must accompany children under kindergarten age at all times.

• All enrollments are for the full session and are non-refundable. There will be no refund for early withdrawals from the summer program and absolutely no Tuition refunds will be made for withdrawals after May 1.

• Hi Art! reserves the right to either withdraw a child or request that he/she be accompanied by an adult if the program, at its discretion, deems this to be warranted. There will be no refund in the event of our request that a child be withdrawn for disciplinary reasons.

• Registration is complete only upon the signed return of the enrollment form, the completion of all paperwork and full payment of Tuition.

• Limited scholarship aid is available. Requests for application should be made to the director.

• The signator agrees and undertakes to insure that neither the child being enrolled nor any adult accompanying the child during Hi Art! activities will in any way endanger, or threaten to endanger, the safety or well being of any person in or associated with the program. If in the sole judgment of HI ART! personnel, any such child or adult does so endanger or threaten to endanger other persons, HI ART! reserves the right to discontinue the child's enrollment without consultation or other process, and without refund of any Tuition or fee.

• Children and/or their work may be photographed during the course of activities and these photographs may appear in HI ART! promotional materials. No child whose photograph is used will be identified by name, nor will any compensation be awarded for use of said photographs.

• HiArt! Kids reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment and assumes no liability whatsoever beyond the refund of Tuition for said classes.

 





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Satie's PARADE

Thanks so much for giving Milo a wonderful camp experience! He had a great time and made some beautiful things. He is now a die-hard Murakami fan. And now, whenever he makes something, he asks, "what would Cindie say?" Your enthusiasm is infectious and I look forward to enrolling Milo in future courses.

-Mary H.

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Lascot

Dear Cyndie, I just had to report-Kate just gave me and her father a manga lesson. She organized the supplies, and gave clear and precise instructions, easy to understand and follow, and demonstrated how to. When our product failed to please us, she encouraged us with noting how much she had studied and practiced to reach her current level of expertise. She was so excellent! And happy! And proud! Thanks to you and all the other teachers for such a wonderful program this summer.

- Susan Power Johnston

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Kids

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Cyndie with the boys



Kids drawing

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girls

Emma Rose


Cinderella
Corinne Stonebreaker