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From studio arts to dance, we have great options for helping your child grow and have fun this summer.

Performances

Puppet theater performances stretch the limits of imagination, thrusting audiences into a world of legends and wonder. The National Marionette Theater has performed on our stages, introducing children to classic fairy tales with their marionette productions of Pinocchio, Peter and the Wolf, and Sleeping Beauty.

Catskill Mountain Foundation has also featured a wide range of talented musicians and vocal artists whose concerts have delighted our family audiences. Highlights include performances by folk musician Tom Chapin, a rendition of Sergei Prokofievís Peter and the Wolf by chamber music ensemble PROJECT Trio, and DuffleBag Theatre, one of the most acclaimed theater acts for children, who performed their wacky and exciting twist on Charles Dickensís classic tale A Christmas Carol.

For information about our performances, please contact Pam Weisberg.

Art Explorers

Are you looking for a fantastic experience for your children during the summer of 2016? Our Art Explorers Program at the Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts might be the perfect solution. The program offers weekly classes for children ages 5-12 throughout the summer, immersing them in art and nature in a nurturing environment. You can find more information on Art Explorers here.

Summer Enrichment Performing Arts Program

Catskill Mountain Foundation and Hunter-Tannersville Central School Districtís Summer Enrichment Program, in cooperation with Creating Rural Opportunities Program (CROP), provide arts programs for children within the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District during the month of July. With funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Samuel and Esther Doctorow Family Foundation and private donations, Catskill Mountain Foundation hosts four one-week residencies at Hunter Elementary School.

Working closely with teachers and staff, each artist group has a different program planned for the week, using lesson plans based on New York State Common Core Standards (Arts, ELA, Social Studies, etc.). Each morning, students meet in their classrooms or the auditorium for arts classes and activities, in addition to recess. Grouped generally by age and grade level, students learn to dance, act, make and manipulate puppets, create emotion with movement, play musical instruments, play theatre games, learn circus arts skills, and use voice and movement to tell stories. These stories, performed by students and artists, are often based on folk tales, fables and mythology, such as Rip Van Winkle, Greek Mythology, The Ramayana and original stories.

Each Friday in July, friends and family of the students are invited to see them perform with the artists in the Hunter Elementary School auditorium. Videos of some Friday performances have been uploaded to Catskill Mountain Foundation's YouTube Channel. For more information, contact the main office at Hunter Elementary School.

Dance

National Dance Institute

In partnership with the Catskill Mountain Foundation, National Dance Institute (NDI), founded by Jacques díAmboise, brings its award-winning dance program to the Catskill Mountain Region. Our NDI Mountaintop Residency offers an intensive two-week session for children 9-13, building self-confidence, camaraderie, and a sense of accomplishment, highlighted by a fully-staged final performance at the Orpheum at the end of the program. Children return year after year, and siblings now join the alumni in celebrating their NDI experience.†

The Nutcracker

Catskill Mountain Foundation, with esteemed dancers and instructors Valentina Kozlova, Margo Sappington, and Victoria Rinaldi, form an exciting partnership to give the Mountaintop the ultimate holiday gift: the opportunity to participate in a professionally staged version of The Nutcracker. The performances are held on Saturday and Sunday in mid-December at Catskill Mountain Foundationís Orpheum Film and Performing Arts Center in the Village of Tannersville.

Itís the participation of both local children and adults in Act I that makes this production of The Nutcracker stand out from the rest: being part of Mountaintop history, working with incredible dancers and choreographers, and creating a new holiday tradition. Each year, the production looks for party children, party parents (adults), toy soldiers, mice, and angels to be part of the magic of the holiday season.

Groups

We have a wide array of great facilities for arts groups. You can find more information here. Email cmf@catskillmtn.org†for more information on setting up your group residency.