Summer Art Camps: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age policy?
Summer camps are organized into the following age groups: 4–5 years, 6–8 years, and 9–12 years. Please register your child according to his or her age as of August 31, 2021.
 
What is the refund policy?
In the event that you need to cancel your camp registration, you must email familyprograms@DMA.org to process your cancellation and any refund. The refund scale is as follows:
 
Full refund = cancellation made more than four weeks prior to the first day of the registered camp
50% refund = cancellation made 2–4 weeks prior to the first day of the registered camp
No refund = cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the registered camp
If a camp is canceled by the DMA, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.
Camps are non-transferable.
 
What health and safety measures are in place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?
The health and well-being of our campers, teachers, and staff are our highest priority. The following measures will be implemented to ensure individual safety.
  • All campers, teachers, and DMA staff must wear a mask at all times. If your camper has a medical reason for not wearing a mask, you must file a physician's note with DMA camp staff.
  • Caregivers must verify at daily drop-off that their camper has not exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours.
  • All campers, teachers, and DMA staff will be required to scan their temperatures upon entry. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be asked to submit to additional temperature scans and may be denied entry if subsequent scans do not meet entry criteria.
  • Each camper will be assigned their own workspace and bin of materials to use throughout the week. Campers will not share and/or touch one another's materials and supplies.
  • Campers, teachers, and DMA staff will practice safe social distancing in the galleries and studios, remaining six feet apart.
  • Studios and other high-touch areas (bathrooms, door handles, railings, elevators) are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized multiple times each day.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the Museum, including at the entrance, where guests are required to sanitize their hands upon entry to the Museum.
 
I need a full-day option for camp. What should I do?
Our camps are half-day camps, held either in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon or in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. You’ll notice that most weeks, two camps are offered per age group. You may sign your child up for a morning camp and an afternoon camp in order to meet your full-day requirements. Children ages 6 and up attending morning and afternoon camps may stay for a supervised lunch. Please note that 4–5 year old children should only be registered for one camp per week, even if a morning and afternoon option is offered.
 
I signed my child up for both a morning and an afternoon camp. What will he/she do during the lunch hour? 
Summer campers who are registered for a morning and afternoon class on the same day are invited to join our Lunch Bunch group and stay for a one-hour supervised lunch. Campers will have time to eat their lunches, relax, and play group games. Lunch Bunch is limited to children ages 6 and up.
 
What should my child bring to camp?
The Museum does not provide food for campers, but all campers are welcome to bring snacks for themselves that do not require refrigeration. For campers staying for Lunch Bunch, please bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration. Campers may also bring a backpack and a water bottle. Please label all personal items with your child’s first and last name.
 
Can my child bring a mobile phone and/or tablet to camp?
We understand the need for children to stay in contact with their caregivers. Mobile phones may be brought to camp, but must remain in a camper’s backpack during the day. We ask that campers do not bring iPads/tablets to camp. A camper may use a mobile device to contact a parent/caregiver as needed and during free time at Lunch Bunch; otherwise, mobile phones should not be out during the camp day.
 
What should my child wear to camp? 
Campers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for art making. Art can be messy! We will provide aprons for each camper, but please dress your camper in clothes that they can get paint or other materials on. The temperature in the studio and galleries can be cold, so we recommend packing a long-sleeve T-shirt or sweatshirt.
 
What happens if my child becomes ill during camp?
Our studio spaces are equipped with small first aid kits for treating minor injuries such as scrapes, cuts, and bruises. If your child becomes ill or has an accident that requires a doctor’s attention, we will contact your designated emergency contact immediately. Please let DMA staff know if your child has any medical issues or allergies we should be aware of. Camp staff cannot administer medications to campers. Please make sure your child takes any necessary medication before or after camp or is able to take it themselves.
 
What if my child has severe allergies?
If your child has a severe allergy that may require an EpiPen, please send one with your camper on the first day of camp in a plastic bag labeled with your child’s first and last name and an emergency phone number. This EpiPen will need to stay at the Museum until the last day of camp, at which time it will be returned to you. All camp staff are trained on how to administer EpiPens. In the event that we use an EpiPen for your child, you will be contacted immediately.
 
Where do I drop off and pick up my camper?
Drop-off and pick-up for all camps will occur at the Museum entrance on Harwood Street at the intersection of Flora Street (where the big water fountain is). Drop-off for morning camps begins at 8:45 a.m.; afternoon camp drop-off begins at 12:45 p.m. Pick-up for morning camps is from noon to 12:15 p.m.; afternoon camp pick-up runs from 4:00 to 4:15 p.m. Please remain in your car for drop-off and pick-up.
 
Who can pick up my camper?
Campers will only be released to an authorized adult with photo ID. All authorized adult names and phone numbers are required when you register your child for camp.
 
What do I do if I need to drop off my child late or pick him/her up early?
Please text camp staff at 214-744-3406 as soon as you know of the change. We will make every effort to accommodate your situation.
 
Can I walk my child into the Museum to drop them off for camp?
To ensure the safety of all campers, we ask that you sign your child in or out for camp each day at the carpool location. If you prefer to park either in the DMA garage or in a street parking space, please park your car first and then meet summer camp staff at the carpool drop-off. Note that you will not be allowed to walk through the Museum.
 
What if my child is nervous about attending camp?
We want your child to be happy and safe! If you would like to see the studio spaces where camp takes place and meet the DMA camp staff, please call us at 214-744-3406 or email familyprograms@DMA.org to arrange a time at least one week in advance of your registered camp. 
 
What will my child make at camp?
Our campers tell us every year that making art is their favorite thing about camp! You can expect that your child will make at least one project per day, or work on a more involved and elaborate project throughout the week. Projects vary from camp to camp and may include paintings, collages, drawings, weavings, sculptures, found art, and/or performances. Campers will take all artwork home on the last day of camp.