Summer Camps 2020

Home Is Where The Art Is

Due to the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19 and in the interest of public safety, the Aurora Cultural Centre has made the decision to shift our in-person camps to a virtual format this summer. We are proud to present the brand new Home Is Where the Art Is virtual summer camp!

Home Is Where the Art Is is a unique blend of live-online and offline learning. Campers will be provided with 1-2 video tutorials daily that they can do at their own pace. In addition to this, each day campers will be able to log-on to our virtual camp platform, Google Classroom, for a live-online session for 1-1.5 hours, where they can interact with their friends and counsellors. Parents/Guardians, you will also have access to our counsellors should your child have additional questions or require extra one-to-one support. Counsellors are available to respond to parent/guardian inquiries via email Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

What about art supplies?

For each week that your child is registered, they will receive their own art kit which contains all of the artist-quality tools and materials they will need to create their projects from home, including a camper t-shirt! Art kits will be available for parents/guardians for curbside pick-up at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (1400 Wellington St East, Aurora) from 5:00 pm -6:30 pm on the Thursday before your camp week.

What equipment will my child need?

  1. Computer/laptop or tablet with web browser and internet access.
  2. Webcam and microphone will be required to participate in live-online sessions.
  3. Personal Gmail email address. Please note that contrary to what was previously posted, we have now discovered that institutional email addresses (i.e. YCDSB/YRDSB/other school boards, work, or university) will NOT be able to access Google Classroom as these institutions restrict access. You will need a PERSONAL Gmail email address to be able to access our Google Classroom. If you or your camper do not already have a personal Gmail account you will need to create one. Please contact us at info@auroraculturalcentre.ca if you have any questions about this.
  4. Basic items such as pencils, pens, erasers, scissors, glue, markers, etc.

The rest is provided by us in your art kit!

What are we doing about security?

We are ensuring a safe place for campers to connect via Google Classroom. This is a secure platform that most public school boards in the area (i.e. YCDSB & YRDSB) have also been using to introduce students to distance learning over the past several months, so you and your camper will be familiar with this platform. As always, Aurora Cultural Centre full-time staff, Education & Outreach Manager Leanne DiMonte will be involved in the planning of activities and participate and oversee live-online sessions. At all times your camper will be interacting with multiple other campers and at least two counsellors in live-online session classrooms.