Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA)


The Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA) is a truly unique experience for artistic exploration and expression. It began in 2005 as a partnership between Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. and the Washington County Board of Education.

Our vision for the program is to see students collaborating with professional artists to create art in various forms, whether it be sculptures and paintings in Art in the Woods or a dance piece and song in Performing Arts Academy. We are certain that your student, no matter his or her existing skill level or talents, will find a place to create, share, and grow.

2015 Performing Arts Academy

Ages:  Students entering grades 1-12 + graduating seniors (Ages 5-18)
Dates:  July 20-24, 2015 (9 AM – 4 PM) + July 25, 2015 (2 PM)
Performance:  Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2 PM
Location:  The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, MD
Cost:  $200

Students will have fun preparing scenes, songs, and dances all while learning vocal technique, stage presence, acting, and choreography under ACT’s talented instructors. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and hard work to their family, friends, and community at the end of the week (at the fabulous Maryland Theatre) on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2 PM.


Registration will open January 2015.

2015 Art in the Woods

Ages:  Students entering Grades K-8
Dates:  Week 1 – July 6-10, 2015 (9 AM – 4 PM); Week 2 – July 13-17, 2015 (9 AM – 4 PM)
Location:  Doub’s Woods Park, Hagerstown, MD
Cost:  $175 per week

Kids crank up their creativity through hands-on activities and art projects taught by professional and local artists.  Students will experience a wide range of arts techniques, including sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, painting, drawing, collage, and ceramics.  Art projects will be tailored to the skill sets in each age range.  Different curriculum and projects will be offered for each week, so students may sign up for both weeks without experiencing the same thing twice.  Students will get the chance to show off their masterpieces in an Artist Showcase on the last day of each week of camp at 3:30 PM.


Registration for Art in the Woods will open January 2015.