The Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts (WAMA) is a summer camp designed for students ages 6–18 who are interested in studying music and arts. The academy’s mission is to provide music and arts education of the highest quality to students of all ages and backgrounds. Supported in a creative and musically nurturing environment, WAMA students learn and perform alongside professional faculty. We invite your students to explore and develop their performing and visual arts abilities with us this summer!

WAMA Dance! June 1-4, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For our summer 2021 sessions, we are pleased to announce that we are introducing an entirely new session: WAMA Dance!

For students in 6th grade and up, this new session focuses on Broadway and Theater Dance. Led by Resident Choreographer and past WAMA Instructor, Moriah Patterson, the WAMA Dance session is accessible for beginner and intermediate students, providing strong instruction in fundamentals, while honing and challenging the skills of more advanced dancers.

Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 12:00 p.m. Registration is $25 and tuition is $100. Tuition is fully refundable if summer camps are deemed closed by our state health officials.

WAMA Advanced Strings June 1-4, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

For Students aged 12-18, with a minimum of four years of instruction in their instrument, our WAMA Advanced Strings Camp highlights the importance of collaborative practice and direct mentorship.

Students receive highly individualized instruction from our professional faculty, including Head of Strings, Kiril Laskarov. Mr. Laskarov is co-concertmaster for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and is the returning director of Wildwood’s Strings Programs. Students have the opportunity not only to receive instruction from, but also perform with professional working musicians – gaining firsthand experience of professional performance practice.

Classes begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Registration is $25 and tuition is $100. Tuition is fully refundable if summer camps are deemed closed by our state health officials.

WAMA Beginner Musicians June 7-11 or June 14-18, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The WAMA Sessions for Beginning Musicians is designed for students between the ages of 6 and 13 who have little or no prior music experience.

Students in this program will explore the magic of music in a creative, playful environment that can inspire a lifelong love of artistic expression. With a faculty lead by Satia Spencer, these students will learn the basics of music notation, work with Orff instruments, and develop skills in rhythm, musicality, and artistry – along with having a lot of fun!

Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m. Registration is $25 and tuition is $150. Tuition is fully refundable if summer camps are deemed closed by our state health officials.

WAMA Visual Arts June 14-18, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The WAMA Session for Visual Arts is designed for students aged 8-18, with students divided into small groups by age and experience level.

Faculty provide instruction in a variety of mediums, making good use of the inspiration and materials found around Wildwood’s 105 acres of gardens and woodlands. From traditional mediums like pencil work and painting, to incorporating natural dyes, found object sculpture, and more our Visual Arts session is a great way to hone foundational arts skills while expanding your young artist’s repertoire. Each day brings new opportunities for creativity and skill development, as well as opportunities to get outside and explore.

Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m. Registration is $25 and tuition is $150. Tuition is fully refundable if summer camps are deemed closed by our state health officials.

COVID-19

Total Registration is limited for our 2021 session to keep groups well under the safe limited capacity margin Wildwood is operating under for our indoor spaces.

All staff, faculty, and students will be screened for COVID-19 when they arrive, and will be required to wear masks while indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Students should bring their own reusable water bottles.

All spaces in our facilities are cleaned daily according to CDC guidelines for COVID-19 transmission prevention. Our half-day camp schedule ensures that we have plenty of time to ventilate and clean the space each day.

We are absolutely dedicated to the safety of our patrons and guests, especially our campers and their families!