In 2016 and 2017, we held the Orisun Summer Institute for Creative Arts. Our summer program is an inclusive and affirmative space for Nigerian children ages 13-17 in Lagos, Nigeria, who are interested in exploring the creative arts for everyday artistic expression or as a professional career. Orísun is passionate about encouraging aspiring creatives in an environment that promotes cultural dignity and positive interaction across different backgrounds. Classes include creative writing, drama, music, dance, visual arts, and photography.
The Inaugural summer camp was held in Lagos, Nigeria on July 2016 at Temple Secondary School. The weeklong camp offered Junior and Senior students from 8 various schools across Lagos an opportunity to grow in their creative interest.
Students learnt from engaging instructors in classes such as Voice, Dance, Creative Writing, Photography, and Acting. At the conclusion of the camp students showcased their productions to an audience of family, friends and community.
"I enjoyed being in the midst of friends from other schools as well as mine. The memories of all the lectures and wonderful times shared cannot be erased from my mind" - Nneka Orji
The Theme for 2017's Summer Institute was #ICENIGERIA, hailing from our mission to Inspire, Create and Evoke. The 2 week long camp was held in Lagos, Nigeria on August 2017 at Minders Montessori School. Students selected a major and minor class in either Voice, Dance, Creative Writing, Photography, Acting, or Visual Arts.
An exciting addition to the summer camp was "ICEsessions" in which different accomplished speakers spoke to the students over several days. The speakers' personal stories were impactful. Speakers from various fields of expertise spoke on their journey and challenges they've learned from in their creative and professional journeys.
We implemented a Civic Engagement component to the camp, where students-with the help of a mentor- discuss social issues and ways to engage with the issue and provide soutions to be a social activist in their communituies.