Free Arts AZ is changing lives. Professional teaching artist Ryan Ingram, dance instructor for Free Arts Hip Hop Camp, explains the intent of the camp is to introduce kids to the Hip Hop Culture. The camp gives kids the tools and avenues to express themselves creatively through music, art and dance.
This year the camp is held at ASU for a week in July. Campers come from all over the valley and from a variety of environments; forester homes, group homes and treatment centers. The camp gives them an opportunity to interact and hear each other’s story and to know they are going through similar experiences. One student has attended the camp four times and says the camp has become the family he never had. He explains it has increased his sense of confidence. Once a kid that retreated to the corner, he is more open and reaches out to others.
Ingram explains the camp helps kids find their voice. It gives them hope and opportunities they wouldn’t have – it helps them heal. Visit FreeArtsAZ.org for more information.