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AUDUBON ARTS 2023

Color GroupsArtistic ProductionsDaily ScheduleFeesHow to Enroll

Color Groups

For Summer 2023, we expect we will have 7 groups, named after colors (Blue, Teal, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red and Black - more commonly known as Theatre). Kids enroll based on their current grade, and the Audubon Arts Director will assign final groups.
Children in grades K-12 participate in age-based groups, accompanied by warm and supportive counselors who work with the children throughout the day. Enjoying activities designed to encourage self-expression and creativity, each group has drama, dance, music, art, movement, and outside time every day. Under the guidance of our experienced artistic staff, their work culminates in performances of one-of-a-kind musical theatre shows!

** NEW! **
We are so excited to announce a brand new opportunity for high schoolers! Our Theatre Group will now have an Onstage track and an Offstage track! Both tracks work together for most of each day, and will have time throughout to work within their tracks.

Onstage: Participants who wish to act, sing, and dance in front of an audience will sign up for the Onstage track. Between auditions, rehearsals, and dress run throughs, all 6 weeks are necessary, so the Onstage track is a Full Session option only.

Offstage: Participants who wish to work behind the scenes on the technical aspects of the production (costumes, props, set, light, sound, front of house) will sign up for the Offstage track. There is much to do - creating plans and designs, building all elements, and running the show - so participants can choose to attend either Session 1, Session 2, or the Full 6-week session.

Artistic Productions

Over the course of a three-week session, each group (Blue, Teal, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red) creates its own original musical theatre production. Participants contribute ideas for plot, dialogue, and characters, and they create the sets, costumes, and props. Each session of Audubon Arts culminates in vibrant in-house Color Group performances.

Our Theatre Group will once again stage a full book musical, with two evening showings of their production. Last summer’s Theatre Group show was The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2023 show!

Daily Schedule

We begin each day together for a program-wide morning check-in, when we all sing one of our traditional morning songs. Each Color Group then heads to their “den” where they have a morning meeting and discussion time. Next comes music, drama, dance, creative intensives, workshop, and visual arts, according to our daily schedule. Everyone has an opportunity to go outside each day for free play. Midday, all groups gather outside for lunch, then enjoy a daily “open mic” concert together, and we rejoin at the end of each day to sing one of our afternoon songs before dismissal.

Dates:

  • Session 1 (3 weeks): June 26 - July 14
  • Session 2 (3 weeks): July 17 - August 4
  • Full Session (6 weeks): June 26 - August 4
    • Please note that we are closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Hours:

  • Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Extended care options are available on a drop-in basis before and after regular program hours. Please see below for hours and fees.

Daily Dose of Fun!

Every day, participants are busy working together with their friends and our caring, supportive, and talented staff to create unique shows with drama, dance, music, and art. Our Lunchtime Concerts are held outdoors in the Park of the Arts, right behind NMS, and feature Audubon Arts participants, staff, and special guests. All are welcome to share a talent! Midweek, everyone looks forward to Wacky Wednesdays, when kids and adults come to Audubon Arts in madcap outfits and off-the-wall attire. Your child’s summer experience at Audubon Arts will include many songs, smiles, cheers, and much laughter!

Health Measures

The safety and good health of our participants and staff is our top concern. We will follow all current NMS Covid Guidelines, which are regularly updated in response to current public health guidance. You can find our current guidelines here.

Questions?

Please contact Audubon Arts Director Anne Tubis at 203-624-5189 x 31 or atubis@nmsnewhaven.org for more information.

Hours and Fees

Program Fees for All Groups:

  • Session 1 (3 weeks, June 26 - July 14):                        $1,330
  • Session 2 (3 weeks, July 17 - August 4):                      $1,395
  • Full Session (6 weeks, June 26 - August 4):               $2,453
    • 6-week rate is 10% less than the combined fees of Sessions 1 & 2!

Regular Program Hours for All Groups:

  • Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Extended Care Hours and Fees:

  • Early Drop Off: 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.:        $5 per day
  • Extended Day: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.:         $20 per day

Sibling Discount:

We offer 5% off Audubon Arts tuition when a family registers two or more siblings.

Deposit and Payment Plan:

A $300 deposit is due at the time of enrollment, with the remaining payments due in installments (March 15 and April 15). A modest 3% finance charge is applied to all payment plans at NMS. If you choose to pay in full at the time of enrollment, there is no finance charge.

Financial Aid:

Charitable contributions allow us to offer limited financial aid to those who demonstrate a need. The amount of aid awarded is based on household income, family size, and financial obligations, and is limited by the availability of NMS resources. Financial aid does not pay for tuition in full. Applications are kept confidential and must be updated annually. To apply for financial aid, please first enroll your child in the appropriate group, then contact Audubon Arts Director Anne Tubis at 203-624-5189 x31 or atubis@nmsnewhaven.org for the financial aid application.

Waiting List:

If your preferred session or group is full when you try to enroll, place your child on the waiting list. This helps us determine if new groups can be opened. There is no cost or obligation, and when spots become available, we will offer them to those on the waiting list in the order in which they joined.

Refund Policy for Audubon Arts

The required deposit of $300 and all other tuition fees paid are fully refundable through April 30, 2023. All fees minus the $300 deposit are refundable through May 14. All fees become fully non-refundable and non-transferable after May 14.

How to Enroll

2023 Priority Enrollment Periods:

  • February 1, 10:00 a.m.: Priority for those enrolled in Summer 2022 and siblings
  • February 8, 10:00 a.m.: Priority for currently enrolled NMS students and siblings
  • February 15, 10:00 a.m.: Open enrollment for everyone

Enroll into Current Grade:

  • Grades K-5 – children currently in Kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
  • Grades 6-8 – children currently in Grades 6, 7, and 8
  • Grades 9-12 – children currently in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12