Mississippi Summer Arts Institute: CORE Arts

Due to the unprecedented spread of COVID-19, and in the interest of safety for our teaching artists, staff, and campers, CORE Arts 2020 has been cancelled. Please contact our offices if you have any questions.

If you’re interested in joining us next year, read below for more information on CORE Arts!
What exactly is CORE Arts?

Well, Core Arts aims to create a space in which emerging artists can realize their dreams, unleash their imagination, and discover and explore their talents. In short, it’s a super-mega-awesome camp at Delta State University, located in Cleveland, MS.

Who’s it for?

Ages 12-18 (rising 7th graders – graduating high school seniors).

What am I getting out of it?

Core Arts provides a positive and supportive environment for students who wish to gain exposure to the arts or aim to further develop their creative abilities. Each day, campers will receive wide-ranging and intensive instruction from experienced teaching artists in a variety of art forms including dance, literary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Campers customize their schedule by choosing their own course of study in a five-period-per-day format. Courses offer a tremendous opportunity for individual instruction, with a teacher-student ratio of approximately 1:10. Core Arts exists to promote the creative abilities of young artists who wish to cultivate and enjoy their own artistry.

What will I do there?

Each year, campers fill out surveys so that we know what types of courses to schedule for upcoming summers, but we also take into account that new and emerging artistic disciplines like comic book drawing and digital arts are especially popular with our young artists. Courses we have held in the past include dramatic improvisation, scene and character study, musical theatre, hip-hop dance, introduction to Photoshop, mixed-media portraiture, painting with found materials, web-series development, and many more! In addition to the amazing classes we hold on campus in partnership with the Delta State Department of Art and Department of Music, we likewise have fun evening activities that include karaoke nights, scavenger hunts, trips to the campus natatorium, and movies on the big screen at the BPAC! We always take a weekend field trip, and during the summer of 2019 we attended exhibitions and workshops at the Mississippi Museum of Art as well as a double-header hosted by the Mississippi Braves!

Okay, I’m sold… what are my options for attending CORE Arts Camp?
Residential Track 
  • – Ages 12-18 (Rising 7th graders through graduating high school seniors)
  • – Participants must be 12 years or older to stay in the DSU dormitories
  • – Cost: $800, an all-inclusive fee that provides all art supplies, housing, all meals, weekend field trips and day trips, and an MSAI t-shirt
Non-Residential Track 
  • – Ages 12-13 (Rising 7th & 8th graders)
  • – Cost: $700 (excludes the cost of lodging)
  • – Participant and parent/guardian are responsible for off-campus housing
  • – Participants are required to attend all daily camp activities, beginning with breakfast and ending after the evening activity, as well as all weekend excursions and activities





Tuition and Fees

$800 for two-week residential stay

$700 for two-week non-residential stay (less cost of housing)

Price Comparison

How does CORE Arts compare to other overnight camps with arts activities in-state?

Camp Twin Lakes near Florence, MS (1 week) – $599

Mississippi College Music Camp in Clinton, MS (1 week) – $500

Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven, MS (1 week) – $395

Mississippi State Production Camp in Starkville, MS (2 weeks) – $1,300

Mississippi State Writer’s + Production Camp in Starkville, MS (3 weeks) – $1,900


 Please direct all questions to Cade Holder, Arts Education Director: 662-846-4844.

Thanks to our 2020 sponsors!

This program is funded in part by a generous endowment from the Lorena J. Rockie Smith Foundation and the Juliet Kossman Arts Pass!