Hidden Valley Alive

HVC's dynamic Summer Arts Colony

HV Alive pushed me to break out of my shell and evolve as an artist and a person.
HV Alive Camper

Hidden Valley Alive is our camp’s advanced teen arts summer program for Creative and Performing Arts. The program cultivates emerging artists’ creative potential and provides opportunities to explore a variety of visual and performing arts at any level with our staff of professional artists. Read on to have your questions answered...

Who is the program for?

Budding 14-16 year old singers, writers, musicians, dancers, painters, crafts people and performers of all stripes who have identified themselves as artists and want to develop their artistic interests and skills.

Who directs the program?

Hidden Valley Directors Peter and Meg Kassen work with the leading artists on the camp staff to create a program that offers variety, spontaneity, and exposure to many forms of artistic expression. 

What are the projects and daily schedule?

Students work on two main projects, a gallery for their visual artwork and an original music, dance and theater production. The schedule includes many days filled with a variety of arts activities and other days with intensive performance or visual arts workshops. Trips to significant Maine art venues round out the experience.

Where do the students live?

Students live in their own 1800s restored, eight-room cottage together with the group’s professional counseling staff. The cottage is situated on the camp’s 300 acres of woods, fields and a private lake. The group makes use of Hidden Valley’s 5 art, music and dance studios and large performance spaces.

What is a typical day like?

In the morning, students engage advanced arts activities. Afternoons find campers focussed on the group's concluding performance.  This includes set design, writing, rehearsal, music practice, etc. Evenings may include a live performance outside of camp, a classic film presentation and discussion, talent shows, craft projects, or a final performance rehearsal.

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