Week 7 – Voice

Welcome to the final edition of Usdan’s theme of the week recap. Every Friday, we highlighted a special principle that defines Usdan’s mission and approach, and looked back at all the fun and creative ways students put that week’s theme into practice.

Each principle serves Usdan’s greater goal of creating a cohesive environment that encourages students to be creative in every endeavor throughout their lives.

While, it’s sad to see the summer come to an end, we feel privileged to have worked alongside your amazing children for the last seven weeks. All Usdan families should be incredibly proud of the remarkable children you are raising. We are grateful you entrusted your child’s summer to us and we do not take that responsibility lightly. It has been an absolutely extraordinary experience for all Usdan staff and faculty.

For the final week of Summer 2016, we’re focusing on voice at Usdan. Voice is the ultimate pinnacle of Usdan’s mission and the culmination of a successful student experience. Voice at Usdan means giving children the agency and power to discover and harness their story, craft, and creative vision.

Voice dictates everything Usdan does. We strive to give students the tools to dig deep and truly understand all the amazing, unique gifts and talents they have to offer the world.

No matter their program or department, Usdan’s wishes to cultivate every student’s voice at camp, at school, at home, and for the rest of their lives.

Your children consistently amaze us as they find new and breathtaking ways to give their ideas power. Here are some of our favorite projects from the past week that embraced student voices.

Photos and videos were taken by our Usdan faculty.

Click on photos to enlarge.

We hope you have enjoyed these weekly emails highlighting the amazing work Usdan faculty and students have done this summer. Over the course of the summer, your students have demonstrated the true beauty and appeal, not just the finished product of artistic excellence, but of every stage of young artists’ development.

Please don’t hesitate to share any and all feedback about your child’s experience with Usdan staff via email at questions@usdan.org. We always want to hear from families about anything we can do better.

Thank you and have a great year — we can’t wait to see you in 2017.

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