Mississippi Summer Arts Institute: CORE Arts

Registration has begun for CORE Arts 2021.

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What exactly is CORE Arts?

Due to COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, this year CORE Arts will be a week long, arts intensive, day camp, where emerging artists can realize their dreams, unleash their imagination, and discover and explore their talents, while staying safe.

Who’s it for?

Ages 12-18 (rising 7th graders – graduating high school seniors).
What am I getting out of it?

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?

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!

2021 Day Camp 
  • – Ages 12-18 (Rising 7th graders through graduating high school seniors)
  • – Cost: $350, an all-inclusive fee that provides all art supplies, breakfast and lunch, an MSAI t-shirt, water bottle and backpack.

Tuition and Fees

Cost: $350, including an all-inclusive fee. There is a non-refundable deposit of $75 due when you are admitted to camp. All campers must be paid in full by June 15 to attend. Refunds will not be issued past June 30, 2021.

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 the arts education office: 662-846-4844.


Thanks to our annual sponsors!

This program is funded in part by a generous endowment from and the Juliet Kossman Arts Pass!