Letter from the Director
Each year we receive wonderful letters from parents and students about the positive, even life-changing, experience they had with us during the summer. Sometimes the letter comes a few years after they attended our programs - once they’ve started university - and they are reflecting on that “moment” they realized what they wanted to do with their lives. These letters mean so much to us. We share them with prospective families as best we can to shed a little insight about our programs. But these are personal stories, right? How do we (and you) know that what we are doing really hits the mark across the board?
This spring we received a letter from the Director of Admissions at FSU, one of the top film schools in the country. Of the 30 students they accepted into their program from 450 applicants, three of them had attended SOCAPA. He thanked us for our work, which he had come to recognize over the previous 10 years of being involved in arts education at the university level. This sparked an online survey which quickly confirmed that an overwhelming number of our alumni are going on to attend the top visual and performing art schools in the nation - Yale School of Drama, USC, NYU, RISD, SCAD, Parsons, UCLA, SVA, LMU, U of Arts, Emerson, the list goes on and on - to pursue their dreams studying Film, Acting, Dance, Photography and Music. This fall, for example, we had 21 alumni enter the freshman class at NYU and another 20 moved into their sophomore year there. What a wonderful testament to the quality of our students, what they accomplish and gain during their time with us, and the hard work and dedication of our staff.
As our students come into our programs with more experience, more curiosity and more ambition, we strive to provide them the most current and relevant experience in the arts possible. While we continue to nurture thoughtful self-expression and create a safe and exciting place to explore one’s artistic voice, we recognize that it is a competitive world out there and that young people (and their parents!) want and need their summer experiences to work toward their college acceptances.
While our one and two week programs are wonderful opportunities to enjoy and explore the art discipline of one’s choosing, our three-week programs are very much designed with college applications in mind. Students in our three-week programs are walking away prepared for their college applications. They have their portfolio ready in order to showcase their work. They have reviewed and thought about what their art, and their future in their art, means to them. They have had a vision and have followed through and created something. They have presented their work to a group of peers. They have reflected.
All this while still having “the best summer” of their life, as they regularly write, and we observe. Who knew learning could be so fun?! When it's what you want to do, where your heart is, it isn’t work at all. It is just being.
We hope you will be with us this summer!
Founder and Director of Summer Programs
SOCAPA, School of Creative & Performing Arts