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SJSA Offers Photography, Storytelling Camp, Showcases and Carnival Activities

Although the regular school year may be coming to a close, the St. John School of the Arts is launching two new free programs for youngsters as part of their community arts outreach.

The first is a four-day course on photography – using real cameras, not phones – taught by photographer/videographer William “Bill” Stelzer. Classes will be held on Thursdays and Fridays, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on May 23 and 24 and on May 30 and 31. Children ages nine and up are welcome to attend. Space is limited.

Students at SJSA collaborate on an art project. (Photo courtesy St. John School of the Arts)

As with all programs, registration can be completed online at the school’s website or by calling 340-779-4322.

Beginning June 10, the St. John School of the Arts is offering Telling Tales: The Art of Storytelling, a summer camp for children ages six through 13 that combines art, music, drama, dance and traditional Caribbean storytelling.

“The students will begin the camp by planting a seed to symbolize the values instilled throughout the two-week session,” said Jeune´ Provost, executive director of SJSA. “We pay homage to the tradition and preserve it.”

The school offered a similar program last summer, but Provost said each year is unique as the children develop a story and turn it into a play. Instructors this year include Lisa Penn, Shira Sofer, Bibiana “Miss Bibi” Fabbi, and Susan Nicholas.

The camp day begins at 8 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. Snacks are provided but lunch is not. Space in this free program is limited, so parents are encouraged to register their children at their earliest convenience.

As the year winds up, students who have been taking classes at the St. John School of the Arts will be showcasing the work they’ve done this term, and the public is invited to attend.  It’s an opportunity for students to take a deeper look at their own work and get feedback, according to Provost.

Presentations begin at Mongoose Junction on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with a display of beading and jewelry making. On Saturday at 6 p.m., students taking classes in sewing and design will present a fashion show, and students in Caribbean movement and vocal classes will perform.

A student works on costume at the St. John School of the Arts. (Photo courtesy St. John School of the Arts)

On May 20 and 21, tumbling and creative movement students will showcase their work in the SJSA’s performance space from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. And on May 23 at 5:30 p.m., piano and guitar students will give an informal recital at the school.

Finally, the school is still accepting members for “Budding Artists,” this year’s carnival troupe entry for the July 4th Festival. Rehearsals and costume construction begin June 19. Participants will meet at the school from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The fees are $75 for children and $100 for adults.

Jeune´ Provost leads the St. John School of the Arts carnival troupe on July 4, 2023. (Source photo by Amy H. Roberts)








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