PINELLAS COUNTY — The wagons are loaded, and NOMADstudio is heading out to decentralize summer camp.
In direct response to the impact that COVID-19 has placed on children’s access to summer enrichment programs, NOMAD (the Neighborhood-Oriented Mobile Art + Design studio) is sending artists out to co-create small camps in front yards, alleys and parking spots in their own neighborhoods, working directly with the children who live there.
The first NOMAD MicroCamps launched this month in Childs Park, Kenneth City, and North Greenwood neighborhoods, where they shared activities and supplies with about 50 kids and family groups weekly. Children who participate get to take the supplies they use home with them, and can return week after week to build their own art supply stash.
MicroCamp teaching artists wear masks and sanitize all surfaces between each participant, following CDC guidelines to deliver safe, engaging art activities. Masks and hand sanitizer are also made available for the participants.
This grassroots initiative to inspire positivity and well-being is 100 percent community funded. Each $25 donation makes it possible for one child to join in, and a $300 donation sponsors an entire camp session. To date, more than 80 individuals and businesses have chipped in their support to make these sessions possible.
To get involved, text MicroCamp to 44321, and visit us online to learn more at www.nomadartbus.org/programs.