Children's Hurricane Recovery Camp

Children’s Hurricane Recovery Arts Camp October & November 2017

 Teaching Artists Team: Back Row: Pamela New, Marie Paul, front l to r: Bonnie Erb (Camp Director), Joan Bennett, Anne Nayer, and Sharon Treinkman

Teaching Artists Team: Back Row: Pamela New, Marie Paul, front l to r: Bonnie Erb (Camp Director), Joan Bennett, Anne Nayer, and Sharon Treinkman

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – On October 23, 2017, the “Pistarckle Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project” offered split session therapeutic and arts day camp classes for children ages 7 to 12 years old. Located in Tillett Gardens, 4126 Anna’s Retreat, St. Thomas, the theater day camp included a 3 hour morning - or afternoon - session, Monday through Friday, with a healthy snack and several classes in the performing arts. The Camp's mission was to help children express and channel children's traumatic life experience and feelings by therapy through the arts.  Classes were offered in music, singing, acting, dancing, writing, poetry, puppetry, sand art and yoga. 

The original concept for this unique Camp emanated from Pistarckle’s Resident Director Frank Bartolucci, who connected Pistarckle to partner with Virgin Islands holistic health consultant Joan Bennett-Williams, R.N. Ms. Bennett-Williams wove her therapeutic play concept, the “iggi Project,” into the camp regimen.  In addition, well-respected social worker and puppeteer Ann Nayer was involved. According to Pistarckle Theater Founder and Artistic Producer Nikki Emerich, “Children participated in a safe, controlled environment, while also facilitating parents who returned to work, or carved out some dedicated time to repair/rebuild their homes.”

Many generous Donors made the program possible. 

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 For more information on the year-round Youth Education and Enrichment Programs, click here - or call the theater.