Community arts center hosts summer arts camp to inspire and empower

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PEORIA, Ill. — A summer arts camp a The Romain Arts & Culture Community Center is inspiring kids in the community.

About a year ago, A.R.T. Inc bought the former Greeley School with plans to turn it into a community space. Now, it’s halfway through its summer camp.

“The community has welcomed us with open arms,” said Nikki Romain the executive director of A.R.T. It stands for artists re-envisioning tomorrow

Romain says they have big plans for the non-profit organization in Peoria.

“Our mission is to inspire and empower the community through the arts,” said Romain.

With the community’s support, they’ve been able to host a four week summer arts camp. Kids can learn about coding, drama, dance, visual arts, and film making.

“They’re excited to have this place here, have this artwork, and reflections of them coming back to them,” said Romain.

Each camper chooses a major and a minor to study.

“They love it. They come here everyday excited about what they’re going to learn,” said Amanda Strong, the drama coach for the camp.

From drama to coding, many of the kids get to learn about subjects they aren’t taught in school.

“The school I go to doesn’t have a big art program, for any of the arts,” said camper Jillian Strong.

The camp gives the kids an outlet, and keeps them off the streets.

“They’re not running around. They’re building positive culture,” said Amanda Strong.

Romain says the center will have a lasting affect on Peoria.

“Really, its to have a safe space for the kids to come to and to have a sustained impact on these children,” said Romain.

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