Havaya Arts is a high-quality
arts and summer camp experience.

We’re creating a place where community and art shine. Here, vibrant Jewish communal life enhances our art, which in turn enhances Jewish life and identity. It’s where campers become the best versions of themselves.

At Havaya Arts, campers learn from working artists. Our arts faculty are expert at teaching to a variety of levels, providing a truly youth-centered experience.

Campers choose from one of our four core disciplines during each of our two-week sessions. Electives allow young artists to continue working in their core discipline or to explore another field. With access to various studios and outdoor spaces, all the tools and inspiration possible are right at our fingertips. Whether you go deeply into a chosen art form or you try something for the first time, you’ll grow as an intentional artist and amazing human being.

Visual Arts

Campers focus on painting and drawing through self-guided projects and artist-led assignments. With an emphasis on process, campers work both independently and collaboratively on a wide portfolio of work.

Dance and Movement

Campers grow their technical skills in a variety of formal dance forms, while also having plenty of time to explore movement and choreography on their own terms.

Music

Both solo and in an ensemble, campers explore and create music that excites them. No matter their years of experience, campers are exposed to new instruments and routes of collaboration.

Theater Arts

From acting to playwriting, campers experience all sides of the theater. With an emphasis on the collaborative nature of theater, campers will be exposed to a range of acting techniques, theatrical styles and theories.

We are committed to supporting and celebrating each camper’s process of creation. With that in mind, there is no audition process for Havaya Arts.

We’re an arts camp … but kids still have to be kids! Our young artists spend time every day stretching their creative minds, their open hearts, and their active bodies. Every detail is in place so that you can have the time of your life—every single day, and every single summer.

As we craft the program for our first summer, here’s how a typical day will look:

7:00 a.m. Boker Tov (Good Morning)
7:30 a.m. Selah (Setting Intention for the Day)
8:00 a.m. Arukhat Boker (Breakfast)
8:45 a.m. Studio (Art Intensive)
11:15 a.m. Breirot (Arts Electives)
1:00 p.m. Arukhat Tzohorayim (Lunch)
1:30 p.m. M’nukhah (Rest)
2:45 p.m. Studio (Art Intensive)
4:15 p.m. Sport / Hofshi (Snack, Sports, Swimming, Free Choice Activities)
5:15 p.m. Miklakhot and Nikayon (Showers and Cleaning)
6:15 p.m. Arukhat Erev (Dinner)
7:00 p.m. Peulat Erev (Evening Activity)
8:00 p.m. Selah (Nighttime Ritual)
8:30 p.m. Zman Tzrif (Cabin Time, Wrapping Up the Day)
9:00 p.m. Laila Tov (Good Night)

The University of Redlands is located on 160 beautiful acres in the city of Redlands, California and is nestled at the foot of Southern California’s tallest mountains. The Redlands campus is one of the most attractive in the West and is an easy drive from Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, San Diego, local mountains, and coastal beaches.

The Center for the Arts includes 42,000 square feet of classroom and performance space, as well as beautiful outdoor gathering areas. Included are new facilities for painting and printmaking, a darkroom for black-and-white photography, and state-of-the-art digital labs for graphic design and digital photography. In addition to music practice rooms and a large theater space, there is a black box theater and a laboratory performance space designed to support a variety of audience/performer relationships and more innovative, developmental, and experimental work.

University of Redlands offers a high-quality dining experience using locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible. Great tasting, authentic, and nutritious food is made from scratch, using fresh seasonal ingredients. And they take their role in the community seriously, striving to make socially responsible purchasing decisions. With a variety of choices available at each meal, counselors help campers make food choices in keeping with their individual family’s values around kashrut and ethical eating. Our staff also works closely with the team from Bon Appétit to ensure we have plentiful vegetarian food as well as vegan, lactose free, gluten free, and other allergy-sensitive options.

We make our home in one of the university’s charming, air conditioned dorms. Two or three campers live in each room, with bathrooms just down the hall. With an eye towards safety and security, we have exclusive access to the building throughout the summer; counselors are present around-the-clock to ensure our campers have everything they need and to build the sense of community that’s central to all we do.

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Havaya Arts is a truly extraordinary place—you will feel part of something bigger than yourself, and you’ll want to experience that magic year after year.