Summer Camp

When School’s Out, We Get Creative

What You Need to Know

Our summer camps are grounded in experiences with art in NOMA’s collection, special exhibitions, and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Campers explore the galleries and garden to engage in close looking and use conversations about artworks as a launching-off point to develop critical thinking skills, connect with others, and deepen personal identity and creativity.

We emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to creative thinking and art-making. Your young artist will explore various art-making mediums and processes including drawing, writing, movement, sculpture, painting, and more—all guided by professional teaching artists.

Summer camp sessions are buildable and tied to an overarching “big idea” of the summer. Camp sessions can stand alone or be combined to build a meaningful summer experience!

Summer Camp 2022 Schedule

June 13–July 29 (no camp the week of July 4th)
See age groups for each session below.
  • Monday–Friday, 9 am–3 pm
  • Friday End-of-Camp Showcase: 3–5 pm
  • Two 2-hour Studio Blocks
  • In-gallery and garden looking, drawing, and activities
  • Collaborative, play, and quiet times

Camp Safety & Logistics

Safety is our top priority. Capacity for each summer camp session is limited to ensure adequate space for social distancing. Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test results from within a 72-hour window of the first day of camp is required for all staff and campers.

  • Masks are required indoors
  • Campers must bring a sack lunch
  • Before- and after-care are not available

For more information, please review NOMA’s Covid-19 policies.

Summer Camp 2022

This year, we’re excited to launch a reimagined Summer Camp at NOMA! Week-long camp sessions offer small-group experiences devoted to a single age group at a time: rising 1st through 3rd graders (ages 5-7), rising 2nd through 5th graders (ages 8-10), and a brand new one-week Preteen Art Intensive for middle schoolers (ages 11-13).

Introducing Our Big Idea of the Summer…Ways of Knowing

This summer—after a year requiring incredible flexibility, strength, and resilience—we are slowing down to consider the various ways in which we take in and understand our world—to not only survive and adapt, but to thrive!

Our big idea of the summer, Ways of Knowing, celebrates what and how we come to know what we know. Weekly sub-themes help campers dig deeper into some of the ways we build our personal truths through observation and the five senses; emotion; memory; reason; and imagination. 

Session 1: June 13-17 | Ages 5-7 | Sensing is Knowing Sensory Perception
Session 2: June 20-24 | Ages 8-10 | Remember When? Memory
Session 3: June 27-July 1 | Ages 5-7 | Think Beyond Imagination
Session 4: July 11-15 | Ages 8-10 | If/Then Reason and Experimentation
Session 5: July 18-22 | Ages 8-10 | Only I Know Personal Truths and Identity
Session 6: July 25-29 | Ages 11-13 | Pre-Teen Intensive: Ways of Knowing

Please see the event listings below for descriptions of each summer camp session.

No Events occuring at this time.


Camp themes are announced and registration for summer camp opens in late February with a two-day pre-registration window for NOMA members. Please contact if you have any questions regarding the camp program or need assistance with registration.


Member Registration

$300 per camper
Opens Wednesday, February 23

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General Registration

$400 per camper
Opens Friday, February 25

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Financial Assistance Requests

Sliding scale
Opens Friday, February 25

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Note: In order to protect our staff and participants’ safety and accommodate camp families’ interests and needs, NOMA reserves the right to cancel or change summer camp offerings based on safety protocol, registration status, or for any other reason. Registrants will be notified in the event of change or cancellation. 

Member Registration Instructions

In order to take advantage of the presale and discount for NOMA members, make sure you’re signed into your account when registering for summer camp. If member registration is not appearing, make sure you’re logged into the account associated with your membership. If you’re a member and haven’t activated your account, please follow these instructions.

If you need assistance registering for summer camp, please contact

Financial Assistance

Thanks to the generous support of our patrons, NOMA provides a limited amount of financial assistance awarded on a need-based sliding scale on a first-come, first-served basis. The request form to be considered for financial assistance will become available when general registration opens on Friday, February 25. Please note that financial assistance may be applied to only one week of camp. Please complete the request form before registering for camp.

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