by DeeGee Lester, Education Director, The Parthenon
Housed in a large, gray building on 4th Avenue South, Rocketown pulses with the energy, laughter, and creativity of Nashville teens. In addition to its regular after-school programs and workshops, Rocketown is now gearing up for summer camps offered in six weekly sessions and providing a more intensive experience in Rhyme Lab/Jam Lab, Dance, Skateboarding, Movie Making, Photography, Fashion Design, and Gear Heads (cars). Each camp session is themed, and students find out the theme for their particular session upon arrival. Students design projects (video, photography, rhyme lab, etc.) around the theme, which could be anything—neighborhoods, bullying, the environment. “The nice thing about themes is that it changes the dynamics from week to week,” says Executive Director ReGina Newkirk. Each session ends with a showcase highlighting student projects.
“These teenagers are really talented and have something to say,” says Newkirk. “In working through their projects they learn how to consider their options, make their own decisions, find their own voice, and discover how they can make a difference.”
Spots are still open for summer camps at Rocketown. For dates and details about the camp sessions or scholarships, email Ashley at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.