Virtual Summer Day Camp

due to drastic changes in cdc's coronavirus guidelines, Camp ARIA will launch in-person in 2022.

Camp ARIA: Exploring Social Justice Through the Arts is a 2-week virtual day camp for youth ages 5 to 12 years old.

Campers will explore their creativity, express their individuality, and take artistic risks in a vibrant, supportive community of learners. They will participate in a structured arts-integrated, social justice and literacy program that builds arts skills and supports social-emotional learning. Our child-centered pedagogy addresses collective trauma, identity development, community building, and restorative justice.

Camp ARIA will include music, dance, theater, visual arts, yoga, and mindfulness. Some experiences will involve the whole cohort, while other classes will be course and subject-specific, and aimed at the developmentally appropriate age group. Our Camp leverages the talents and resources of San Francisco Opera, as campers are immersed in a rich experience of shared learning, collective inquiry, and creative expression. 


Campers ages 5–12 


Monday–Friday, June 14–June 25, 2021

10AM–2PM Pacific Time

Camp ARIA Showcase: Saturday, June 26 



By participating in this event, you authorize San Francisco Opera to photograph, take video footage, and/or make electronic sound recordings of you. You permit the use of any such photographic or electronic reproductions for any purpose, including but not limited to educational and public media, and understand that you may be identifiable from such electronic reproduction.


$300 Standard Rate

$600 Enable Another Family to Attend*

$150 Middle Income Discount

$0 Qualified Camper

*this is not a tax-deductible contribution


Register before June 4


This project is generously supported, in part, by Bank of America and Kaiser Permanente.

Making the Most of a Virtual Arts Camp

Parent/Family Orientation

Some students are experienced campers, while others are new to the experience. We will offer a special family orientation so that we are able to support parents and caregivers in supporting their students. We will offer advice and support on how your student will make the most of this arts learning experience. 

About Camp ARIA

Opera is an art form that delves into the vast range of human emotions. Camp ARIA will harness the evocative power of the performing arts, through the exploration of texts selected by DEC administrative staff. Participants will come to better understand their own emotional power, and develop skills that enable them to negotiate interpersonal communication, the foundation of social justice education.

A Day in the Life of a Camper

Camp ARIA begins each day with an “All Camp” meeting where campers of all ages convene to build community and learn about the theme of the day. Participants then move into their age-appropriate cohorts to experience interactive 45–60 min. lessons in each of the artistic areas to deepen their knowledge in the art forms and connect their learning to the day’s Social Justice theme. 

Artforms include:

-Music/Music Composition



-Digital Media

Each age group will also work towards a final showcase in one of these arts areas.

On Friday, June 18th, campers are invited to participate in an All Camp Show and Share event. Some may choose to share their own visual and/or performing arts skills, or simply share what they have learned thus far in the camp.

The final Friday, June 25th, will be dedicated to practice and rehearsal, where each cohort will spend extra time preparing their art for the Camp ARIA Showcase on Saturday, June 26.

Camp ARIA Showcase

We look forward to the opportunity to share with you a culminating event at the conclusion of our two-week camp. Rather than polished performance, we envision a celebration showcasing all of the work generated throughout the 2 weeks.  We are excited to see the expressions of learning and discover how students and teachers will choose to highlight their collective efforts. 

Arts Squad Youth Leaders: Ages 15 – 21

As arts providers, we realize the importance of developing the next generation of teachers, educators, teaching artists, and performers. For this reason, we have included our art Squad youth leaders. Ranging in age from 15 to 21, these youth leaders will Apprentice our senior teaching artist instructors, help facilitate camp activities and experiences, and devise learning goals that help each of them move their art practice forward. Art Squad Youth Leaders attend and support regular student courses in addition to a separate time focused on their own professional development.

Payment Policy

We accept cash, check, e-check, and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Discover). Reservations are not confirmed without payment received. Online registration and payment ensure immediate confirmation. Payments by check should be sent within 3 days of making an online reservation or the spot will be released.

For ease of administration, we do not have an “add/drop” component to our program. Therefore, the families of students who attend any part of the program are responsible for the full tuition. However, should circumstances prevent your student from participation come up we will gladly offer you a full refund.