CLARA Performing Arts Summer Camp:
Camps with a Kick (ball-change)

Registration for the 2023 Season will open in spring 2023.

CLARA’s Summer Camp programs introduce kids to a wide array of dance, music, theater, and art in a fun, interactive, challenging, and inclusive format taught by artistic professionals. All camps take place at the CLARA Auditorium: 1425 24th St. Sacramento, 95816.

JUNIOR Edition (ages 6-10)
Session 1: July 17-21, 2023 — 9-4pm
Session 2: July 24-28, 2023 — 9-4pm
Session 3: July 31-August 4, 2023 — 9-4pm

*Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00 am each day and must be picked up at 4:00 pm each day.

Our week-long Junior Camp is specially designed for younger campers, to include 9 different performing arts classes along with visual arts activities and structured play time.

Fee: $375, includes daily snacks, all materials, and supplies.
Ask to be notified when registration opens


Arts Intensive (ages 11-18)
June 19 – 30, 2023(9am-4pm)

*Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00 am each day and must be picked up at 4:00 pm each day.

Students sample 15 different art forms over a two-week period while the arts serve as a vehicle to build life skills, self-awareness, pride, confidence, and lasting friendships.

Fee: $850, includes daily snacks, all materials, and supplies.
Ask to be notified when registration opens


Funding support for this program comes from the California Arts Council and private donors.



Check out these videos to see past years of Performing Arts Summer Camp at CLARA:

Summer Camp Teaching Artist Highlights:


Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: What COVID-19 policies are in place?

A: Campers and staff must be fully vaccinated and up to date, as defined by the CDC, and we anticipate that we will need to require masks at camp again this year. Any student with an approved vaccine exemption will be required to show proof of a negative test result obtained within 48 hours of the first day of each week of camp. Additional rapid testing may be required for students who experience any symptoms of COVID-19. We will be following the local guidance on COVID-19 prevention as the dates get closer, and will communicate any new information that we receive between now and the start of camp. 

Q: Do you offer discounts?

A: Yes! We offer a 10% discount for all campers who register and make a 20% deposit by February 15. Making the arts accessible to all students is key to our mission and financial aid is available; campers will not be turned away due to lack of funds. To start the scholarship process, please check the appropriate box when filling out the registration form and our staff will be in touch.

Q: Will food and drinks be provided?

A: CLARA provides healthy snacks and water for students during their breaks; students are responsible for bringing their own lunches.

Q: Are campers expected to have any previous experience or training in the arts?

A: CLARA Performing Arts Camp welcomes students of all levels and abilities. They will be introduced to a variety of art forms that may spark new interests, and are not expected to arrive with previous experience. Our introductory level classes will not intimidate newcomers, but will also engage campers with previous experience in the areas we cover. 

Q: When are payments due, and what is your cancellation policy?

A: A 20% deposit is required to hold your space. Final payments are due no later than June 1st  for Session 1 Summer Camp, and July 1st for Session 2 Summer Camp and Junior Camp. Deposits are non-refundable EXCEPT for cancellations required due to COVID-19 (including change in camp format necessitated by County guidance.)

Q: What types of performing arts classes do you offer? Can campers choose what classes they take?

A: Every day, students will take a class in dance, music, and theatre; these classes will change daily, so that at the end of the first week, each student will have been introduced to 15 different kinds of performing arts! In order to ensure campers receive the full benefit from the unique structure of our camp, they will automatically be enrolled in all of the different classes we offer. Our class lineup is determined by which teachers are available for camp; we will confirm the class lineup once our teaching artist selection is finalized. Click here to see a sample Summer Camp schedule, or click here to see a sample Junior Camp schedule.

Q: Can students attend more than one session?

A: Campers are allowed to attend one session only. Since both sessions offer the same classes, we have learned from experience that when a child repeats the camp and has already learned all of the material, they can sometimes unintentionally make the other students feel like they are behind since they haven’t learned the material yet. We find that the best experience for all campers is that they are learning new material together. 


Still have questions? Contact our Education Associate Melissa Kelman at [email protected]