Center for the Arts at Kayenta wants kids to ‘be part of the art’ at creative summer camp

Composite image. Background photo shows the Center for the Arts at Kayenta in Ivins, Utah, date not specified. Foreground photos of 'Kids Create!' summer camp program | Photos courtesy of the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, St. George News

IVINS —  If you’re looking for a way to have your kids immersed in creativity and expression to start of summer vacation, check out the inaugural “Kids Create!” summer camp program at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.

Musical instruments used by the Southern Utah Orff Association | Photo courtesy of SUOA Facebook page, St. George News

Children who attend the camp will have an extraordinary opportunity to “be a part of the art” in a weeklong workshop held right inside the beautiful black box theater at the Center for the Arts in Kayenta, located in the heart of Coyote Gulch Village in Kayenta.

Modeled on the Orff Schulwerk approach to learning, the workshop ensures every student finds their place and becomes an integral part of class creations. Students will sing, speak, play, move and create. And kids of every stripe – from bashful to bold – will feel at home.

“What sets this way of learning apart is freedom, collaboration in creation, multisensory learning and respect for the child as being a capable contributor to the final product,” camp director Kathleen Whiteside said.

Whiteside  has been teaching music since 1984 and is a certified Orff Schulwerk instructor. She also teaches piano and choir and has been part of the staff at George Washington Academy in St. George for the past 13 years.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and choral vocal music and a master’s degree in vocal performance. She serves as president of the Southern Utah Orff Schulwerk Association.

Students will learn to play Orff instruments (child-sized xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels) drums, recorders and all sorts of handheld percussion instruments.

In addition to music, they’ll explore art concepts related to the music. They’ll come home with a recorder and drum they will make from a gourd and skin. Kids will also learn to weave and make acrylic pour tiles and wearable gourd art.

On the last day, kids will get a chance to express their creative sides at a concert that parents and friends are invited to.

Interested parents are encouraged to learn more about Orff here, where there is an abundance of information, including short videos that show what active learning looks like with this nearly century-old approach.

While children are at camp, parents are invited to take advantage of all the interesting things nearby, including the labyrinth, gift shop, Xetava, Anasazi trailhead, Snow Canyon and more. Also, on the first day of camp, parents might want to meet with other parents to explore carpooling options.

Parents will need to pack a midday snack each day for their child, and all children will be signed in and out every day to ensure their safety.

Event Details

  • What: “Kids Create!” summer art camp.
  • When: Monday-Friday, June 10-14, 9 a.m. to noon. Closing concert at 11 a.m., Friday, June 14.
  • Where: Center for the Arts at Kayenta, 881 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins.
  • Cost: $58 (includes T-shirt and all materials). Purchase tickets online through or call the box office at 435-674-2787.

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