Mississippi Summer Arts Institute

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Another arts-filled summer is just around the corner! For the past 16 summers, the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute (MSAI) has impacted a countless number of young creators by providing intensive instruction in a variety of art forms. The goal of MSAI is to encourage young artists to begin or continue their pursuits in the fine and performing arts. Through MSAI, participants are given the opportunity to further develop an established craft, as well as explore new, creative art forms. MSAI, a program of the Bologna Performing Arts Center, is located on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

The Mississippi Summer Arts Institute offers a variety of course offerings in five artistic disciplines: dance, literary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. MSAI boasts a distinguished body of instructors, including members of the Delta State University Faculty and professional artists from across the state of Mississippi and throughout the U.S. The Institute provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for young artists from across the state of Mississippi to gain broad exposure in all artistic disciplines.

MSAI provides high-quality instruction and enrichment for a wide range of participants, beginning with age 5 and continuing all the way to graduating high school seniors. Campers ages 5-12 attend PLUS Camp, a week-long, performance-oriented day camp packed with tons of energy and fun activities. Campers ages 12-18 immerse themselves in a two-week, multi-faceted, residential Arts Camp.

If you are interested in cultivating your artistic abilities or wish to explore new art forms in a positive and encouraging environment, MSAI invites you to spend your summer with us! It is sure to be a rewarding experience you will never forget!

 “MSAI has helped my growth as an actor so much. I came home with skills that not many people have the chance of getting. I made new friendships that will last forever and I’ve grown as a person and as a performer.” – 2013 MSAI Camper

Below, you will find information about our MSAI camps, including applications, fees, and deadlines. Please mail MSAI applications to:


DSU Box 3213

Cleveland, MS 38733

Please contact Whitney Cummins, Arts Education Coordinator, with any questions: 662-846-4844 or wcummins@deltastate.edu


June 8-21, 2014
Ages 12- 18

Registration for the 2014 Arts Camp is now open!

Arts Camp General Information

2014 MSAI Arts Camp Application

2014 MSAI Arts Camp Scholarship Application

2014 MSAI Arts Camp Policy

DSC_0809Whether you are interested in dance, literary arts, music, theatre, visual arts, or all of the above, Arts Camp will provide you with an intensive, two-week residential learning experience on the beautiful Delta State University campus. Arts Camp exists to promote the artistic and creative abilities of young artists, including those with previous artistic training, as well as those receiving their first exposure to the arts. Campers are offered the opportunity to customize their schedule by choosing their own course of study in a five-period-per-day format. MSAI courses offer a tremendous opportunity for individual instruction, with a teacher-student ratio of approximately 1:8. Arts Camp provides a positive and supportive environment for artists who wish to gain exposure to the arts or aim to further develop their creative abilities.

When evening rolls around, there is even more fun to be had, like cookouts, games on the quad, and visits to the Delta State pool! Campers will stay on campus at Delta State University. Arts Camp culminates with final presentations and performances that are open to the community at the Delta and Pine Land Theater main-stage in the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

“Arts Camp broadened my horizon, and showed me so many new ideas. MSAI was a mixture of fun, hard work, and laughter. When the two weeks were over, I knew that my life as an artist would never seem to be the same.” – 2013 MSAI Arts Camper

Important Information

Cost:  $725, An all-inclusive fee that provides the following:

  • all art supplies
  • lodging accommodations
  • all meals
  • weekend field trips
  • MSAI t-shirt

A non-refundable application fee of $75, included in the total price, is due with your application.

Applications due: May 30, 2014, or until space is full

Scholarship Application deadline: April 18, 2014

Scholarship applicants will be notified of decisions by May 9, 2014.


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Arts Camp aims to create a space in which people can realize their dreams as they discover and develop their talents!


July 14-19, 2014
Ages 5-12

MSAI PLUS Camp 2014 is FULL! Please download the application below and email it to Whitney Cummins or fax it to 662.846.4627 to be added to the waiting list. If a spot opens up in your child’s age group, you will be contacted immediately.

Download the 2014 MSAI PLUS Camp Application

DSC_0388Join us for a one-week, performance-oriented day camp for ages 5-12, centered on learning a choreographed medley of songs. Campers attend other classes throughout the day, such as Prop Design, Storytelling, Puppetry, and Music. Campers meet for classes Monday-Friday, 9am – 3:30 pm. A final presentation will be held for the public on the Delta and Pine Land Theatre main-stage in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Campers are asked to bring their own sack lunch daily, and a lunch schedule will be provided prior to camp so you may come eat with your artist if you wish!

Important Information

 Cost: $200, includes the following:

  • all art supplies
  • daily snacks
  • MSAI t-shirt

 Applications due: July 1 2013, or until space is full

PLUS Camp enrollment has a limited capacity of participants and registration is available on a first come, first serve basis!  Reservations will not be taken over the phone. Please remember that PLUS camp fills up quickly, and we must have your application and registration fee to hold a place for your child.

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Plus Camp promotes the artistic development and creativity of our young artists!


Special thanks to our 2014 MSAI sponsors!

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