Orísun Summer Institute for the Creative Arts is an annual summer program in the creative arts for children ages 14-17 in Lagos, Nigeria. In July 2016, we piloted a 5- day creative arts workshop in Lagos, Nigeria for 25 Nigerian students from four different schools in the Lagos Ikeja area. During the program, we offered 5 classes in the areas of creative writing, acting, singing, and dance, and photography. Students participated in these classes from Monday thru Thursday, and showcased their work on Friday to family, friends and community members in the area. Check out our 2016 Post Program Report for a detailed overview!
In 2017 we held our second Summer Institute featuring students from 8 different schools around Lagos. Not only did we hold our various creative classes, we included a necessary speaker series called #ICESESSIONS. Speakers of all backgrounds, from film, to textile art, to architecture, and poetry spoke to our students about passion, pursuing their goals and tangible means to get there. Click below to see photos from both years.
Voices of Africa - This class is designed for students interested in singing with no prior experience. It will teach basic vocal techniques and improve confidence in singing in front of an audience. Students will learn how to choose songs that suit them as performers.
Move and Groove - This class is a high-spirited rhythmic experience for students who love to move and groove to the beat. It will introduce the fundamentals of African dance while connecting them to their culture.
Story Story - This introductory class fuses short story writing and oral storytelling. Students in this class will learn what a short story is and how to write one. Students will then orally tell their original stories to the class.
Picture This - Students in this class will explore the basics of digital photography. They will learn how cameras work, photography techniques, and how to cultivate their own unique style.
"All the World's A Stage"- This Acting 101 class is for any student interested in explore the performing art of acting. It will teach students how to use their body, words, and imagination to naturally express emotions and convey human experience on stage.
"I’m very proud and happy to be part of the lucky students who participated in Orisun Summer Camp. First of all, I will like to state that I really gained a lot and no knowledge was wasted. Every lecture undertaken was great. I enjoyed being in the midst of friends from other schools as well as mine. Although the camp was only for one week, the memories of all the lectures and wonderful times shared cannot be erased from my mind.The interactions between the students and coordinators was very profitable and helpful in terms of the advice given to us. The environment was very conducive and perfect to impact knowledge without distractions. We were well-fed and I enjoyed the snacks and food services and the overall treatment was superb. I really gained a lot and appreciate everyone’s effort. I’m very happy about the camp and hope to experience another of its kind next year." -Nneka Orji
"I would just like to say a big thank you. Thank you for tolerating us and just caring and trying to teach and just being there for us."-Udo Odibo
"I love the fact that everyone was treated equally and our instructors were standard." -Jamiu Adejumo
"It was a memorable period of my life. I met lots of friends and I learnt lots of things from different teachers. The camp was so wonderful and I can't wait until next year to come so that i can be part of it again."-Chiwendu Enwere