Legacy Keepers: Harlem Renaissance Literature & Arts Camp

Date Wednesday, June 21 - June 24, 2017
Location Arden Village West for check-in (park in Townhouse Lot) - View maps and directions
Cost$275, which includes housing, meals, and activities. Two options: Pay in full at registration or pay $75 at registration and $200 by May 15. Payment can also be arranged with Legacy Keepers at 612.709.9198. Partial scholarships are available based on need.
RegistrationRegister today! Registration closes June 10. Space is limited; our intake committee will review registrations and the required short essay on a first-come basis. Register
SponsorsLegacy Keepers and Bethel University

Event Description

Legacy Keepers Harlem Renaissance Literature & Arts Camp is a summer enrichment program for high school students. The camp is designed to give young scholars exposure to the great achievement legacies of African Americans. Dr. Harold Carter, a one-time assistant pastor to Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “You’ve got to embrace your past in order to have a foundation for the future.” Through an appreciation and knowledge of past challenges, triumphs, and victories, camp scholars will come to realize that all things are truly possible. They will also be exposed to college campus life and college student mentors to help them map their plan to prepare for an amazing future.

Camp scholars will explore the works of great writers of the Harlem Renaissance like Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Jessie Fauset, and more. They will be exposed to the music, art, dance, and ideals that shaped the Harlem Renaissance into an era that raised the American consciousness and inspired people globally toward new achievements and appreciation for advancement. Scholars will also have an opportunity to create and learn how to use their gifts and talents to uplift their community.


DAY 1 | Wednesday, June 21 | Kickoff
7 p.m. Scholar and Family Arrival and Check-In
7:45 p.m. Camp Kickoff for Families and Scholars
8:15 p.m. THE CONNECTION: African Village Celebration
9 p.m. Camp Family Group Challenge and Icebreakers
10:30 p.m. Refection and Writing
11 p.m. Lights Out 

DAY 2 | Thursday, June 22 | Literature and Music
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. History and Impact of the Harlem Renaissance Movement: Literature and Poetry
10:30 a.m. Explore Harlem Renaissance Poetry, Today’s Spoken Word, and Hip Hop Connections
12 p.m. Lunch and Guest Speaker
1 p.m. Bethel College Tour and College Life Panel Discussion
3 p.m. Journey of Discovery: Uncover the Music with a Special Guest
6:30 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. THE DISCONNECTION: Maafa Simulation
9 p.m. Reflection and Writing
9:30 p.m. Fun and Games
11 p.m. Lights Out

DAY 3 | Friday, June 23 | Film and Theatre
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. History and Impact of the Harlem Renaissance Movement: Theatre and Film
10:30 a.m. Explore Harlem Renaissance Film and Theatre
12 p.m. Lunch and Panel Discussion on Art and Social Activism
1 p.m. Family Group Prep for Final Celebration
3 p.m. Harlem Renaissance Films and Theatre Workshop (2 tracks: Short Films and Theatre)
6 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. THE RECONNECTION: The Great Migration Simulation
9:30 p.m. Reflection and Writing
10 p.m. Short Films and Popcorn
12 a.m. Lights Out

DAY 4 | Saturday, June 24 | Dance and Visual Arts
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. History and Impact of the Harlem Renaissance Movement: Art
10:30 a.m. Explore Harlem Renaissance Dance and Art
11:30 p.m. Lunch and Guest Speakers
1 p.m. Dance and Art Workshops with a Special Guest
3 p.m. Family Group Prep for Final Celebration
5:30 p.m. Camp Celebration Program and Fellowship Dinner
8 p.m. Camp Closing and Sendoff


Contact Tamera Irwin at 612.709.9198 or or


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