Seeds of Change Arts Camp

Ages: 6+

Hours: 8 AM-3 PM

School Address: 545 5th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215,

Pick Up/Drop Off: 8 am and 3 pm at Marcy Playground @ Myrtle Ave. and Marcy


Purpose: This project is an opportunity for children to use their voices creatively. It's purpose is to establish a space for expression, creativity and collaboration that is based off of deep reflection of the messaging they receive. The youth would be introduced to movement concepts and creative techniques that will guide the performances they will present each Friday. 


Aviva Jobin-Leeds: Currently teaches Pottery and Arts and Crafts at Camp Kinderland. She teaches After School Puppetry Class at Brooklyn Apple Academy. She has worked as a full time Montessori School Substitute and has lead summer arts programs in the Studio of Josh Sarantitis. Her goal is for youth to connect to their voices and a collective creation process, to become more equipped to deal with a system that undermines their humanities. Her professional goal is to work with youth to create theatre that speaks truths about the system and celebrates the power of community. She has done the Teachers Training at University of Rhode Island for the Kingian Nonviolence Curriculum, and a Trauma Informed Dance Teachers Training. She works with Puppetry collectives Bread and Puppet based in Glover Vermont, and Papel Machete based in San Juan Puerto Rico. She also works with Looking Glass Productions as performer and Artist Assistant.

Jenna DiMartini: is a NYC based actor and teaching artist. With her BA degree in both elementary/special education and theatre studies, she has spent time developing art programs with an emphasis in creative empowerment and community building. Past affiliations include RCA dance camp, "Building a New World" for at risk children in temporary housing facilities, and T.I.P.S.E early intervention program. As a theatre artist and singer, Jenna has studied at Terry Knickerbocker Studio, Alan Gordon Studio, Two River Theater, and CAP 21 as well worked privately with Alberto Bonilla and voice coach Marjorie Khan.  Her most recent appearances include: Bull on CBS, Billions on Showtime, Younger on TV Land, Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, Deadbeat on Hulu and the production of "Who Am I?" for Planet Connections.

Marlee Miller: dabbles in everything, but her primary focus is performance and poetry. Marlee's art explores a range of topics including social justice, love, the power of the body and movement, and she recently acted in an original play entitled "Rondeau: A Beauty Masked". Marlee has experience working with youth in many different capacities and recently just finished up a year of service with City Year Americorps. During City Year, Marlee worked with students in a school in East Harlem as a tutor and mentor, in addition to facilitating different clubs in the "School's Out New York City" after school program. Along with City Year, Marlee has experience working with the activist theatre company Bread and Puppet Theater, where along with many other roles and responsibilities, she stage managed children who would perform with the company in their weekly circuses. She also has experience working with special needs children at a therpeutic riding center where she helped teach children how to ride horses. Marlee strongly believes that bringing art and activism into the lives of youth is an important catalyst for empowerment. 

Martize Brooks: Visual artist, painter, sculptor, photographer and actor, Martize is a student at The Art Students League of New York. He spent four years under the mentorship of the now retired curator of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Barbara Kathman; Textile Designer. Martize was also her artist assistant, learning both Craft and Art History from the fruits of her travels. Influenced so strongly by his mentor, Martize is dedicated to applying the wisdom he has gained from her teachings and his work as an artist in Cleveland and New York, to the next generation of young artists and intellectuals. Martize was invited to teach children photography at the Andrew Freeman Center where he lead children around on foot, photographing what they found interesting and valuable, teaching them the meaning of capturing a moment and conveying it to others. He is now a mentor in the Builders of the World homeless youth theatre project, teaching children how to express emotion using creative movement.


Each week we will journal, dance, sing, read books, meditate and go on field trips as we did in 2017. Each weeks' Friday performance will have a special focus.

July 2-6 MASKS

July 9-13 DANCE

July 16-20 MUSIC



August 6-10 PUPPETRY

August 13-17 GROUP SHOW 


Sample Week SCHEDULE: Masks July 17-21 2017

We movement exercises with character prompts early in the week, developing into prompts of community values that we understood from location based rule discussion, the field trip to Brooklyn Museum, and collaborative concept creation. Throughout the week we created a performance with Masks and Movement.


Monday July 17th: 

8:00am-Drop Off Marcy Playground (Myrtle and Marcy) 

8:00-9:30am- Warm up getting to know each-other games

9:30-10:15am- Overview of rules and expectations

10:15-12:00pm- Mask making

12:00-1:00pm- Introduction to Improv

1:00-3:00pm- Lunch time and games in the park

3:00pm- Pick up Marcy Playground (Myrtle and Marcy) 


Tuesday July 18th:

8:00am- Drop Off Marcy Playground (Myrtle and Marcy)

8:00-10:300am- Games, stories and Improv movement workshop

10:300-11:30am- Story Drawing

11:30-12:00am- Camp Sign and Rules

12:00-1:00pm- Lunch

1:00-2:00pm- Singing Class

2:00-3:00pm- Painting Masks

3:00pm- Pick up Marcy Playground (Myrtle and Marcy)


Wednesday July 19th:

8:00am- Drop Off Playground (Myrtle and Marcy) 

8:00-9:30am- Writing and Theater Games

9:30-11:30am- Mask workshop

11:30-1:00 am- Lunch

1:00-2:00pm- Drawing our Name Cards and the Camp Rules

2:00-3:00pm- Improv with masks

3:00pm- Pick up Marcy Playground (Myrtle and Marcy) 


Thursday July 20th: 

8:00am- Drop Off Marcy Playground (Myrtle and Marcy) 

8:00-9:00am- Writing and Drawing in our notebooks

9:00-9:30am- Museum and Travel Safety rules

9:30-10:00am- Face-Painting

10:00-10:30am- Travel

10:30-12:00pm- Recess and Lunch

12:00-2:00pm- Brooklyn Museum for the exhibit: “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 19-65-85” 

2:00-2:30pm- Travel back to Marcy Playground

2:30-3:00pm- Writing and Reflecting on the Museum in the Park

3:00pm- Pick up Marcy Playground (Myrtle and Marcy) 


Friday July 21st: 

8:00am-Drop Off Marcy Playground (Myrtle and Marcy) 

8:30-9:00am- Travel

9:00-11:00am- Character Building Rehearsal at Brooklyn Apple Academy

11:00-12:00am- Recess and Lunch

12:00-1:00- Students will present their mask and share what they learned with the group

1:00-2:00pm- Travel

2:00-3:00pm- Parade for the Parents

3:00pm- Pick up Marcy Playground (Myrtle and Marcy) 


TO REGISTER, YOU WILL NEED: A completed Registration Form.

Lunch is provided.

For inquiries and, Registration Forms please e-mail Aviva at:



 Your donation will enable a child's participation in a project that encourages and validates the use of their creative voice as a tool for expression and communal power building.