Information for Parents

Centrum’s programs for young artists are designed to accelerate the artistic development and increase the critical and creative thinking skills of your child. The model for our elementary and middle school programs is to have artists and scientists, engaged in the most current cultural issues of our times, mentor young people in grades 5-9, as well as the adult chaperones (parents or teachers) who accompany them. Summer programs and our high school programs do not have the chaperone requirement. Students come on their own and are supervised by experienced staff.

The artist faculty at Centrum is comprised of accomplished, professional artists, who push your child to higher levels of achievement. We seek out artists who encourage and inspire students, while treating them with respect as creative learners. Our aim is to challenge students to strengthen both artistic techniques and critical thinking skills.

Through a partnership with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, also located at Fort Worden State Park, Centrum offers programs focused on the marine environment that integrate art and science. These programs provide hands-on experiences in real science labs and art studios, under the guidance of professional scientists and artists.

This process empowers students as they begin to define themselves both socially and artistically. Increased self-confidence encourages students to “be who they really are,” and in many cases be more than they thought they could be.  Learning at Centrum is designed to encourage respect for individual viewpoints, traditions and beliefs. We aim, as theater artist Erwin Thomas says, “To use transformative arts to make fearless human beings.”

Through contact with exceptional artists and scientists, the Centrum programs provide students with wider knowledge of the professional arts scene in their field of interest, or encourage a new interest in a field they haven’t known about before coming to Centrum.

Cell phones and electronic devices are not allowed at Centrum Youth Programs. In case of emergency Centrum’s program manager and staff carry phones and will notify you as soon as possible. You may leave a message for your student at any time with Program Manager Martha Worthley. You will receive contact information in an email prior to the start of the program.

Centrum is a non-profit, artist-centered organization with a 40-year partnership with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The safety and comfort of your children is our highest priority. Meals at Fort Worden State Park feature locally-grown, organically-produced food prepared to the highest standards. Students are housed in historic Fort buildings renovated as dormitories, and we provide experienced dorm counselors for supervision during non-teaching times.

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