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.

Performing Arts Academy

Ages:  Students entering grades K-12 + graduating seniors (Ages 5-18)
Dates:  July 21-25, 2014 (9 AM – 4 PM) + July 26, 2014 (2 PM)
Performance:  Against the Grain, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2 PM
Location:  The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, MD
Cost:  $175

Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. is proud to partner with the Maryland Theater for the 2nd year to bring back the Performing Arts Academy! This year’s theme, Against the Grain, will celebrate the misfits, innovators, influences, and creative artists that went against the grain to inspire American culture. Students will explore many styles of dance, drama and music, including traditional Native American dance, jazz, Broadway, country, and more! 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 26, 2014 at 2 PM.




If you have already registered but have not yet paid, please use the PayPal button below.  Checks should be made payable to Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. and be brought the first day of camp. Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. has a strict no-refunds policy due to staffing requirements. Thanks for your understanding!

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Art in the Woods

Ages:  Students entering Grades K-8
Dates:  Week 1 – July 7-11, 2014 (9 AM – 4 PM); Week 2 – July 14-18, 2014 (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.