The Kibera Art Camp was hosted and organized by an arts organization called Celtra. Though Celtra planned this event, they reached out to their networks and partners, in Kenya, as well. Parklands Baptist Church, The Center for Transforming Missions, and the NPC Woodley Church all assisted in the success of this camp. It is wonderful to see the surrounding community communicate support for their own community and the arts through helping in the camp. Before camp, the volunteer training was held at Celtra’s resource center and sixteen volunteer teachers and seven staff attended.
The camp theme was unity and was divided into the following elements: We belong, We Help Each Other, We Commit to Stay. This theme was an over-arching element that “leaked” into every aspect of the camp, including emphasizing unity among the children and helping them see how to connect the concept of unity to their community at large. In training the artists came up with artistic, academic, social, and spiritual goals for their classes so that as they taught artistic skills and emphasized unity, there was intentional character-building behind each portion of the class. The classes included music and dance, mural, drama, and fashion.