Fun. Creative. Child-centered. Adaptive. Magical. Supportive. Wacky!

These are just some words that have been used to describe the Audubon Arts experience, and for Summer 2021, we will add “IN PERSON” to that list! 

We are very excited to welcome participants back for a season of drama, dance, music, and art. One thing this past year has taught us is that the arts are essential to our well-being, and we know a summer of Audubon Arts will be just the thing to lift our spirits!

Of course, our program will need to be a bit different this year... but much will remain the same. Read on so you’ll know what to expect.

Current health guidance recommends continuing the use of masks, hand-washing, and social distancing as mitigation strategies, and we will employ these practices, as well as “cohorting”, to keep our participants and staff safe this summer. Cohorting means keeping groups of children separate from each other throughout the day. In order to achieve this while scheduling all groups ample time for creative work, social interactions, and outside time, we will have a smaller number of groups with a reduced number of participants in each group. 


This year, we will have 6 groups of 14-16 participants.

Children 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!

For Summer 2021, participants will enroll into one of three groups based on their current grade. This wider range will provide the Program Director with more flexibility in assigning final groups. 

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

*Our oldest group will have the same pricing and session structure as the other age groups, and will create their own show. We will all remain here at NMS, and hope to return to Hamden Hall in the future.



Session 1 (3 weeks): June 28 - July 16
Session 2 (3 weeks): July 19 - August 6
Full Session (6 weeks): June 28 - August 6

*Please note that we are closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.


Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*We will be unable to offer early drop off or extended day for Summer 2021.

Artistic Productions

Over the course of a three-week session, each group creates its own original musical theatre production. Participants contribute ideas for plot, dialogue, and characters, and they create the sets, costumes, and props. 

What will be the same?
  • Creating unique shows with drama, dance, music, and art
  • Time with friends
  • Caring, supportive, talented, and fun staff
  • Wacky Wednesday
  • Improv and outside time
  • Chocolate chip cookies!
What will be different?

In order to maintain separate cohorts, activities that would typically involve multiple groups gathering together will have to be altered (AM/PM songs, snack, lunch, performance week, Staffapalooza) or halted for this summer (early drop-off/extended day, intensives, lunchtime concerts). We understand the importance of how these traditions contribute to the magic of Audubon Arts, and we will work to incorporate as much as we can into our summer, by enjoying them within our individual cohorts. 

All participants will be asked to bring a backpack each day, and will carry it with them throughout the day. Backpack contents should be labeled with child’s full name, and include:

  • lunchbox with ice pack (we do not provide refrigeration); 
  • small bath towel to sit on during lunch - this will help us maintain distance while our masks are off; 
  • any prescribed medication (inhaler or epi-pen) in its original container, in a clear plastic bag with instructions (please contact Anne Tubis with any concerns about your child's ability to self-administer);
  • filled water bottle.
Health Measures

The safety and good health of our participants and staff is our top concern. We will refer to guidance from the CT Office of Early Childhood and New Haven Health Department, and anticipate using the following mitigation strategies to reduce Covid-19 risk:

  • All staff are encouraged to be vaccinated, and we expect a high percentage will do so;
  • Audubon Arts Staff and participants, as well as NMS staff, will wear masks while indoors or outdoors while singing;
  • Children will interact with others within their own group, their counselors and artistic directors;
  • While singing (masked) and eating snack & lunch (unmasked), we will require social distancing;
  • Children and adults will sanitize their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer throughout the day, and before/after lunch;
  • Our cleaning crew will clean and sanitize our building each evening.
What if someone tests positive for Covid?

If a participant or staff member tests positive, we will contact the New Haven Health Department and follow their guidance. If participants are required to stay home, we have the capacity to pivot to online instruction. 

How to Register

2021 Priority Enrollment Periods:
April 7, 12:00 noon: Priority for those enrolled in Summer 2020 (pre-Covid), Audubon Online 2020, and siblings 
April 14, 12:00 noon: Priority for currently enrolled NMS students and siblings
April 21, 12:00 noon: Open enrollment for everyone

Program Fees for All Groups:
Full Session (6 weeks, June 28 - August 6): $2,240
Session 1 (3 weeks, June 28 - July 16): $1,300
Session 2 (3 weeks, July 19 - August 6): $1,365

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 (May 1 and June 1). 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 [email protected] for the financial aid application.

Waiting List:
If your preferred session or group is full when you try to enroll, we encourage you to place your child on the waiting list. There is no cost or obligation, and if 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. All fees minus the $300 deposit are refundable through May 14. All fees become fully non-refundable and non-transferable after May 14.


The buttons below will become active when you are eligible for enrollment. Please see Priority Enrollment Periods to determine your eligibility.

2021 Priority Enrollment Periods:
April 7, 12:00 noon: Priority for those enrolled in Summer 2020 (pre-Covid), Audubon Online 2020, and siblings
April 14, 12:00 noon: Priority for currently enrolled NMS students and siblings
April 21, 12:00 noon: Open enrollment for everyone