New DeWitt summer camp allows children to experience cultures through performing arts

The Bromkas' students get ready to perform as dragons with their dragon masks.

The Bromkas' students get ready to perform as dragons with their dragon masks. Submitted photo

— “Though one can be smitten by the love of travel, it feels like our responsibility is to bring it home and do everything we can for the local community,” she said. “That’s the goal – I really want to spend the next phase of my life enriching the Central New York arts community.”

And she’s starting with Enlighten-CNY. The camp is divided into four weeks and two different topics – Chinese folklore and Medieval pageants and festivals. The first two weeks, will be dedicated to one topic and the next two weeks will focus on the other. Bromka said the main reason Enlighten arts camp is different than your average summer camp has to do with the flexibility of the curriculum and activities.

“It’s not that I am adverse to guidelines, but here we’ve got a formula that will flex to create the ideal,” Bromka said. “It means that we can pour our hearts into the needs of the children and shape our program around them.”

“You build a little community, get to know each other and learn to work with each other,” Lesser added. “We don’t know who is going to show up, what skills they’ll have and what special needs they may have.”

Both Bromka and Lesser stressed that even though this is a camp for the arts, all children are welcome, no matter how much experience they have when it comes to music, art and dance.

“I want parents not to be afraid if their children have done this before,” Bromka said. “Some kids don’t get a chance to be exposed to different art fields. Some kids may have been channeled into one art field and have not experienced another. The most important thing is that you don’t have to have done it to come here – it’s a good place to start.”

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