Summer Camps at the Center for the Performing Arts

The Center Presents Summer Camp

Prism Project at the Center

The Prism Project at the Center is a performing arts program developed by Ball State University and designed to be physically, developmentally, and cognitively appropriate for youth with disabilities. The program is a four-week camp culminating in a final performance, which will take place on Sunday, June 23, in the Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts.

The goal of the Prism Project is to provide an engaging performing arts program and close the gap in recreational activities for individuals with disabilities ages 6-25. The program’s unique design enables campers to express themselves and engage with others while developing self-confidence, gaining creative arts experience, and building friendships.

Our goals for the performers are as follows:

  • Participate in each subject area: instrumental music, vocal music, dance, theater
  • Increase participation in each specific area from one rehearsal to the next
  • Take part in the final performance
  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enjoy themselves and the performing arts!

Our focus is on positive encouragement. No performer is required to participate in any way, but we work very hard to make each activity as fun and engaging as possible to encourage as much participation as possible.


  • Parent/Caregiver Orientation: May 28, 2024, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Camp: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, May 29-June 21, 2024, 9:30-11:30 AM
  • Dress Rehearsal: June 21, 2024, 9:30-11:30 AM
  • Performance: June 23, 2024 at 2 PM; Performers arrive at 1 PM

Limited scholarships are available. Please contact to inquire.

Who should participate in the camp?

The camp is designed to accommodate children and young adults with exceptionalities. We provide one-on-one support and have a history of working with a variety of unique needs, including autism, cognitive delays, limited verbal communication ability, alternative communication requirements, as well as physical disabilities, and sensory support needs such as vision impairments. For more information regarding accommodations provided, please contact

Openings for volunteer Buddies to assist in camp facilitation and internships are available. If you are interested, please email

Jungle Jams

We’ll be jammin’! Imagine living among animal friends in a jungle filled with rhythm instruments, music, and movement. Miss Lisa (aka “Groove Lady”) and her stuffed animals introduce your child to the fun and excitement of recreational music-making. Jungle Jams is a creative summer camp program in which kids learn about positive character qualities as well as concepts like rhythm and groove through music and physical activities.

Each daily session includes active music-making, creative movement, playing instruments, and singing. Kids begin to build a sense of community and self-esteem as they contribute to the “group groove.” During the week, each camper will make three simple musical instruments to bring home. Family members are invited to join the Community Drum Circle Celebration for the last 30 minutes on Friday.

July 22-26, 2024
9-11:30 AM
Recommended for ages 5-7

For more information, contact Julia Shildmyer at (317) 819-3516 or

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