Artists in Schools & Communities


PPS Summer Dreamers Academy

PCA&M is proud to have been a partner with Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers Academy every summer since 2010!  SDA is a no-cost, premier summer learning camp that offers high-quality academic lessons in English-Language Arts and Mathematics and exciting and engaging enrichment activities to current PPS students who have completed grades K-5.
Meet some of our amazing Teaching Artists who facilitated Summer Dreamers Academy Camps through the years and read about what students were immersed in each week in some of their Weekly Newsletters. (We love seeing the proud, smiling faces of so many generations of Summer Dreamers Academy students, and so do the parents/caregivers of the students when we internally distribute the weekly newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of these students and their families, it is PCA&M policy to obscure the faces of students unless we have a photo media release form signed by a parent/caregiver!)

2019 Academy Highlights

Interdisciplinary Teaching Artists Lindsay Woge, Courtney Robson, and Joanna Abel took kindergarten students on an artistic adventure during summer 2019’s Imagination Exploration camps at Camp Arlington and Camp Obama. Each artist infused their campers’ afternoons with an array of creative art endeavors including drawing, painting, collaging, dancing, moving, writing, and journaling.

Teaching Artist Claire Sabatine of Jumping Jack Theater engaged kindergarten students in creative play, drawing, painting, collaging, dancing and movement, and puppet making centered around exploring animals and nature in Creature Camp at Camp Arlington.

Teaching Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin shared the magic of ceramics with second graders in Clay & Mosaic Extravaganza at Camp Obama. Campers created and composed journals, learning daily about a famous artist, and created clay sculptures and rattles, and collaborated to create a camp mosaic to be installed at the school site. What a summer!

Click here to see an interactive presentation from Imagination Exploration at Camp Faison from Summer 2014 and Teaching Artist Lindsay Woge.