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Creative Programs

Artscope's creative programs are a mix of education programs in historic Tower Grove Park and community programs throughout Saint Louis City.

Creative Education Programs introduce Arts concepts to children in an open format. Camps and classes are held in the historic park cottage and utilize a mix of the natural park environment and urban landscape as an outdoor classroom. Students are encouraged by Artscope educators to explore their own creative ideas while tying in concepts of diversity, teamwork, community, and both classic and contemporary art forms. Piper Palm House, various architectural landmarks in Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden are within walking distance and visited by students regularly.

Creative Community Programs are ways in which Artscope is working to weave the Arts into the Saint Louis community, providing creative opportunities to children who may not otherwise have access to the Arts and providing a voice for the need for children's arts education in the community.

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Artscope camps encourage children to fuel their creativity.

Our camp curriculum supports a child’s ability to take an idea and create something personally meaningful. Each of our day camps integrate a group project to create class conversations about community and teamwork on top of giving campers the freedom to create independently with supportive guidance. We strive to encourage children to explore their artistic sensibilities in a supportive environment.

Artscope is currently enrolling for our one of a kind Fall/Winter camps, School Daze! These camps are filled with awesome eco-friendly art projects, sing-a-longs, explorations of Tower Grove Park, cultural activities, and so much more!

School Daze is held when local schools are out! Camps are 9am-3pm everyday with before (7:30am-9am) and after (3pm-6pm) care availability. Campers must be 5 years of age by May 1, 2015 and entering Kindergarten to be eligible for camp.

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If you have tangible items (arts materials or upcycled supply materials) or want to donate your time to the Artscope Creative Education Programs please contact us for more information.

Birthday Parties

Artscope is happy to host your child's next birthday party!

--Birthday parties last for an hour and a half to two hours.

--We will provide an instructor and a durable make-and-take project either based on the theme the parent provides or of our own design. Frequent requests may include dream-catchers, mobiles, papier-mâché, painted masks, etc.

--The cost is $15 per participant, which includes space, teacher and project materials.

--Minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 12.

--50% deposit is due when scheduled with the remaining balance due 3-days prior to the party date.

Parents are welcome to bring their own refreshments and recyclable or reusable servingware. We strongly recommend treats from SweetArt St. Louis because they believe that from-scratch, old-school baking (like grandmomma used to make) is an art. It takes time, passion and commitment, and we LOVE making this kind of magic! They’re our friends and neighbors and they’ll take great care of you!

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Financial Assistance

Each summer Artscope is able to provide scholarship opportunities based on available funding. Providing increased access to the Arts to children is integral to the Artscope mission, and we continue to seek funding to increase scholarship availability each year.

--Artscope will dedicate 3 slots per week of summer camp as full scholarship. Scholarship slots will be eligible for extended care.

--Additional slots may be identified as available on the Thursday prior to the week in question and communicated to our community partner organizations.

--Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and must be requested by the parent or guardian of the camper.

--Each camper may be enrolled for up to two scholarship-funded weeks of summer camp per year.

--Scholarships will be based on need as demonstrated by eligibility for free and reduced school lunch.

--Artscope will NOT provide snacks or meals for scholarships campers.

--Scholarship positions not filled ten days prior to the start of a camp will be available for sale to the general public.

To request a scholarship for your child, please send proof of eligibility for free-and-reduced lunch to info@artscopestl.org in the form of a scanned letter, lunch card, or other qualifying documentation, along with the name of the one or two camps you would like your child to attend. If slots remain available, Artscope administrative staff will email you back with a single-use coupon code good for the cost of the camp or camps you've selected.

Class Policies

Please LABEL all items such as lunch boxes, backpacks, etc., clearly with your student’s name. We have a lost and found bucket for misplaced items. Please check it daily as items left after class will be donated or discarded. Please pack a REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE for your student DAILY. Artscope always has water for students to refill their water bottle. We do not have cups and strongly encourage reusable containers to minimize environmental impact. Electronic devices are not allowed. Please do not send iPods, cell phones, video games, or other electronic toys to camp. Artscope is peanut and tree nut free. Please do not send foodstuffs containing peanuts/peanut butter or tree nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, etc.) with your student. Many students and staff members have allergies that result in reactions simply from being touched by others who have handled nut/peanut products. Seed products such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, tahini, sunflower seed butter, etc. are fine. All medications (RX or over-the-counter) MUST be checked in / out daily with the Executive Director or class instructor. Do not send medications with your child in their lunchbox/backpack. Medications should be in a ziploc back clearly marked with your student’s name. Please fill out and sign the Medication Authorization form available in the office/from the camp director. Health information/regular medications should also be listed on your camp registration form. If you need to update your form, please let the office staff know.

Pickup/Dropoff/Visits Policy

Please be aware that students must start arriving within fifteen minutes of class start time. Please also be prompt in picking up your student. Parents are always welcome to visit their students, but we ask that you schedule your visit with the camp director in advance as to not disrupt camp programming. ALL parents and visitors must sign in / out with the office staff upon arrival/departure. Due to the public nature of our facility (in the park), Artscope staff maintains an acute awareness of all persons in our area to ensure the safety of all. If someone other than persons authorized on your class registration form will be picking up your student, we MUST have this IN WRITING prior to pick up. Anyone picking up a student not recognized by camp staff as an authorized parent/guardian will be required to show ID. Please advise us of any child custody arrangements/restraining orders and who may pick up and/or visit your students PRIOR to the first day of camp.

Payment/Refund/Cancellation/Session Transfer Policy

All balances are due THREE WEEKS prior to the start of class. Any registrations within three weeks of class must be paid in full. We are only able to issue refunds or credits for cancellations received three weeks prior to the start of your camp week or class session, less a $30 administrative fee. A $15 administrative fee will be charged for EACH transfer transaction to change sessions (based on availability). The non-refundable fee applies to each individual class with no exceptions. We do not offer any refunds or credits for missed classes. In the event that enrollment does not reach the required number for a particular class or camp, or circumstances beyond Artscope’s control arise, Artscope reserves the right to cancel the class or camp. You will be notified and we will be happy to help you find a suitable replacement. If no replacement is available, Artscope will refund your tuition payment in full.

Returned Payment Policy

It is Artscope’s policy to charge a $30 processing fee for ANY returned payment (check/credit card/online transaction). Those whose payments are returned may lose the privilege to pay via check/cc/online and/or deposit payment plan.

Medical Withdrawals/Emergencies

Artscope offers no refunds or credits for withdrawals after the withdrawal deadline except for documented medical conditions for the attendee. You must submit a withdrawal request and documentation on physician’s letterhead stating the medical condition as to why the attendee must withdraw. Medical withdrawals must be submitted prior to the first day of camp (business days only). Tuition will be credited to your account or refunded at Artscope’s discretion less $30 administrative fee.

Building Closures/Weather

If severe weather, a power outage, or other unforeseen circumstances necessitate the closing of Artscope's programs, Artscope is not responsible for providing a makeup session, credit or refund. Artscope provides information about closures via email, www.artscopestl.org and our Facebook page. You may also email info@artscopestl.org if you have questions regarding closure. Please note that the phone may or may not be answered if the facility is closed.

Dismissal Policy

Artscope is committed to providing a safe, high quality educational experience to all participants. To ensure a quality experience, Artscope reserves the right to dismiss any participant for any reason without refund.
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Camp Policies

Please LABEL all items such as lunch boxes, backpacks, sunscreen, and extra clothing / swimsuits / towels clearly with your camper’s name. We have a lost and found bucket for misplaced items. Please check it daily as items left after camp will be donated or discarded. Please pack a REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE for your camper(s) DAILY. Artscope always has water for campers to refill their water bottle. We do not have cups and strongly encourage reusable containers to minimize environmental impact. WE GET MESSY and, weather permitting, we play outside! We get really messy both indoors and out, and if it is warm, maybe even wet! Please send your camper(s) in clothing and shoes suitable for ACTIVE outdoor activities and messy creative play. Campers should bring a change of clothing as well as sunscreen and bug spray or winter outerwear (hats, gloves, coats, winter footwear) as applicable with your camper daily. Electronic devices are not allowed. Please do not send iPods, cell phones, video games, or other electronic toys to camp. Artscope is peanut and tree nut free. Please do not send foodstuffs containing peanuts/peanut butter or tree nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, etc.) with your camper. Many campers as well as our staff have allergies that result in reactions simply from being touched by others who have handled nut/peanut products. Seed products such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, tahini, sunflower seed butter, etc. are fine. All medications (RX or over-the-counter) MUST be checked in / out daily with the camp director. Do not send medications with your child in their lunchbox/backpack. Medications should be in a ziploc back clearly marked with your camper’s name. Please fill out and sign the Medication Authorization form available in the office/from the camp director. Health information/regular medications should also be listed on your camp registration form. If you need to update your form, please let the office staff know.

Pickup/Dropoff/Visits Policy

Camp is from 9AM to 3PM. Please be aware that campers arriving before 8:55AM will be charged for AM extended care. Please also be prompt in picking up your camper. Campers picked up after 3:05 PM will be charged for PM extended care. Parents are always welcome to visit their camper(s), but we ask that you schedule your visit with the camp director in advance as to not disrupt camp programming. ALL parents and visitors must sign in / out with the office staff upon arrival/departure. Due to the public nature of our facility (in the park), camp staff maintains an acute awareness of all persons in our area to insure the safety of all. Extended care must be pre-scheduled in advance to insure proper staff-student ratios. After care campers not picked up by 6PM will be charged $1 per minute. If someone other than persons authorized on your camp registration form will be picking up your camper, we MUST have this IN WRITING prior to pick up. Anyone picking up a camper not recognized by camp staff as an authorized parent/guardian will be required to show ID. Please advise us of any child custody arrangements/restraining orders and who may pick up and/or visit your camper(s) PRIOR to the first day of camp.

Payment/Refund/Cancellation/Session Transfer Policy

All balances are due THREE WEEKS prior to the start of camp. Any registrations within three weeks of camp must be paid in full. Balances not paid in full by deadline may result in loss of deposit and reserved spot for camp. We are only able to issue refunds or credits for cancellations received three weeks prior to the start of your camp week or class session, less a $30 administrative fee. A $15 administrative fee will be charged for EACH transfer transaction to change sessions (based on availability). EACH camp week/class session is treated as a separate transaction. The non-refundable fee applies to each transaction with no exceptions. We do not offer any refunds or credits for missed classes/camps. In the event that enrollment does not reach the required number for a particular class or camp, or circumstances beyond Artscope’s control arise, Artscope reserves the right to cancel the class or camp. You will be notified and we will be happy to help you find a suitable replacement. If no replacement is available, Artscope will refund your tuition payment in full.

Returned Payment Policy

It is Artscope’s policy to charge a $30 processing fee for ANY returned payment (check/credit card/online transaction). Those whose payments are returned may lose the privilege to pay via check/cc/online and/or deposit payment plan.

Medical Withdrawals/Emergencies

Artscope offers no refunds or credits for withdrawals after the withdrawal deadline except for documented medical conditions for the attendee. You must submit a withdrawal request and documentation on physician’s letterhead stating the medical condition as to why the attendee must withdraw. Medical withdrawals must be submitted prior to the first day of camp (business days only). Tuition will be credited to your account or refunded at Artscope’s discretion less $30 administrative fee.

Building Closures/Weather

If severe weather, a power outage, or other unforeseen circumstances necessitate the closing of Artscope programs, Artscope is not responsible for providing a makeup session, credit or refund. Artscope provides information about closures via email, www.artscopestl.org and our Facebook page. You may also email info@artscopestl.org if you have questions regarding closure. Please note that the phone may or may not be answered if the facility is closed.

Dismissal Policy

Artscope is committed to providing a safe, high quality educational experience to all participants. To ensure a quality experience, Artscope reserves the right to dismiss any participant for any reason without refund.

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