Arts Programs

Acting: Acting for Young People – Summer Acting Camp and Showcase

Contact: Mary Lechter, Mason Community Arts Academy (formerly Potomac Arts Academy),, 703-554-4931

Acting for Young People provides actors of all ages with professional-level training in a supportive and fun environment. Through this training, our actors develop skills that will serve them in all walks of life, on stage and off. Our faculty is made up of working professionals in the industry – actors, directors, and teaching artists who are constantly honing their skills through their creative endeavors and bringing those skills back to share with our students.

(Fairfax Campus)

Dance: Boyle School of Irish Dance

Contact: Boyle School of Irish Dance,, 703-791-0800

The Boyle School offers fun-filled and challenging summer camps in June and July. Our camps are a great way for children to experience Irish dance for the first time! Summer camp is for brand-new beginners as well as returning champions. All camps fill up quickly.

(Science and Technology Campus, Manassas)

Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center (located at Science and Technology Campus)

Contact:, 703-993-8513

The Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center provides a broad range of year-round recreational, educational, social, and cultural programs and activities. The facility is designed to attract and serve a variety of individuals and groups, including, but not limited to, the general public, youth, school and community groups, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

The Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center offers a wide variety of camp options at Mason’s Science and Technology Campus, located in Manassas, Virginia. Camp topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Aquatics
  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Engineering
  • Game and Technology
  • Leadership
  • Nature
  • Recreation
  • Science
  • Sports

(Science and Technology Campus, Manassas)

Mason Community Arts Academy – Summer Arts at Mason (formerly Potomac Arts Academy)

Contact:, 703-993-9889

Mason Community Arts Academy offers exceptional camps, workshops, and intensives for kids and teens throughout the summer. Multiple program and date options are available, including a residential option for teens the week of June 17. Give your child the opportunity to perform in a concert, act in a play, create a short film, and much more. Create, learn, and explore something new in summer 2018!

Summer programs available in the following areas:

  • Music
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Film and Video

View the complete list of camps (over 30 offerings!).

(Fairfax Campus)

National Jazz Workshop

Contact: Matthew Niess, George Mason University, Jazz Studies Department,, 703-732-2639

The National Jazz Workshop faculty represents the best jazz educators and performers from Washington, D.C., an area known worldwide as one of the nation’s most prestigious and innovative centers for Jazz performance. Students will receive instruction and coaching from National Jazz Workshop staff that is focused on raising the level of performance of each participant. The main goal of the workshop is to provide participants with the resources and direction to further develop and expand their individual skills throughout the year (Instrumental, Vocal, and Recording tracks for young musician and adults).

The National Jazz Workshop offers free afternoon concerts (open to the public) through the Center for the Arts. Visit the website for concert details.

(Fairfax Campus)

Technical Theater Bootcamp

Contact: Susan Landess, Mason Community Arts Academy (formerly Potomac Arts Academy),, 703-993-9344 Website:

The Hylton Performing Arts Center on the SciTech Campus offers beginning and advanced Technical Theater Boot Camp programs. Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of a performing arts venue? Does the world of production hold a unique appeal? This summer, the Hylton Center will offer technical theater training boot camps led by professional Hylton Center staff and guest instructors.

(Science and Technology Campus, Manassas)

Writing: Northern Virginia Writing Project

Contact: Northern Virginia Writing Project,

The Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) Student Summer Institute (SSI) is an enrichment program for students to write and share their work with other writers. We run two-week institutes for young writers, rising grades 5–12 (Fairfax and Arlington), and one-week camps for early writers, rising grades 1–4 (Arlington only). The NVWP offers time for students to grow as writers and to help other writers grow. This enrichment program is designed for students who enjoy writing poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres, have a serious interest in it, and are willing to help others with their writing.

(Fairfax Campus, Arlington Campus)