Education Omi


Education Omi is at the forefront of our effort to bring art to the community.

Education Omi encourages people of all ages to interact with contemporary art and ideas in a community-oriented environment. Through a variety of programs, we aim to build bridges between the local community and professional artists and their artwork.

We offer Winter, Spring and Summer Camps, which you can read about in depth below. A freewheeling exploration of technique and inspiration, the experience instills confidence while stimulating curiosity in the arts. It has become a favorite activity for dozens of local children.

In response to popular demand, we are increasing our offerings for young adults with offerings such as the fiction writing workshop STORY, led by Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl.

During the school year, a Saturday morning program welcomes children from five to twelve years of age at the Charles B. Benenson Center. The drop-in program does not require registration, and costs $12 per session, or $20 for two siblings. Hours are 10 AM - 12 PM.

Sasha also visits local schools to talk about art and Omi programming, and brings groups of students to tour our grounds. For further information you can contact her at, or call (518) 728-9256.

We are having a very busy and creative season!

Click HERE for our Education Omi blog, with stories featuring our latest school visit,
Saturday workshops in action, and more!

Sasha Sicurella, Program Director

Sasha Sicurella is a Canadian-born arts education specialist, artist, and consultant. She is the Education Director at Omi International Arts Center. She has been the Director of Camp Omi since its inception in 2005. Educated in visual arts and photography, Sicurella received her MFA from New York University and her BFA from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Previously, she taught art to students ages 3-18 in both public and independent school systems and continues to develop arts enrichment programs at local schools in her community.

Sicurella is also the founding director of the I AM: International Foundation, a non-profit organization that works locally and globally to provide opportunities for children to explore identity through art and self-portrait photography. Since 2010, the I AM: Projects have served more than 1,000 children and youth in fourteen countries including Rwanda, Mongolia, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Brazil, Romania, Israel, Mexico, and Ethiopia. Projects target marginalized populations such as children with disabilities, victims of human trafficking and abuse, orphans, juvenile offenders, and impoverished communities. Sicurella's work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally at museums and art centers in Tel Aviv, Milan, Mumbai, Addis Ababa, Bratislava, Ulan Bator, and New York. Her project, I AM: Mongolia is the subject of the documentary film, Water, Ice, Snow (2013, dir. Karim Raoul).

As an arts-education consultant, Sicurella works with schools, arts organizations, and international NGOs to establish integrated creative learning models, specializing in groups with limited resources. Clients include the Rwanda Education Assistance Project (REAP), Goutte d'Eau (Switzerland/Cambodia), Berkshire Country Day School (Lenox, MA), and the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF) in New York City.

Saturday Workshops

Saturday Childrens Workshops

Currently every Saturday through June 6, and resuming on July 2 through August 6, 2016.
10 AM - 12 PM

$12 or $20 for two
Ages 4 1/2 - 12

Meet at the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center.

There is no need to pre-register. Make sure your child appropriately dressed to spend time outdoors. Please note that children are expected to attend the full workshop independently. Parents are welcome to leave Omi, take a walk in The Fields, or relax in the Cafe (free wifi!) during the program. Activities are designed and best suited for children over age 4.

Projects are announced weekly via email - join our mailing list here! For more information, please email Sasha Sicurella at or call (518) 728-9256.

Summer Camp

Click here to register for Camp Omi 2016!


Join us this year for Columbia County’s most popular day camp for young artists! 
Draw, Paint, Sculpt, Dance, Play, Perform, Collaborate, Explore, Encounter, and CREATE!

For questions regarding Camp Omi, please contact Education Omi Director Sasha Sicurella by e-mailing

Summer Camp Omi 2016
Week 1: June 27 - July 1 
Week 2: July 4 - 8
Week 3: July 11 - 15
Week 4: July 18 - 22 

Week 5: July 25 - 29 
Week 6: August 1 - 5 

Ages: 4 1/2 - 13 (must turn 5 in 2016)
Fees: $345/week, $320/for two or more weeks (per child)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM

Camp Omi is a unique, arts-based day program where kids explore contemporary art and ideas through a variety of media and experiences.

Children are grouped by age and participate in workshops that focus on different creative disciplines. Daily activities include swimming, exploration of The Fields sculpture park and Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center & Gallery, “Stage Time”, group meetings, and play. Children also have opportunities to visit and work directly with our international artists-in-residence. Financial aid is available, to view the form click here.


Activities include:

2D Art Studio
Activities include drawing, painting, printmaking, fiber arts, mixed media and collaborative 2D projects.
Children learn about contemporary artists and their work and use art history as a foundation upon which to build new ideas.

Sculpture Shop
Activities include ceramics, woodworking, weaving, stone/foam carving, 3D mixed media, and large scale, collaborative projects. Children use the sculptures in The Fields Sculpture Park as inspiration for their own work.
Music & Movement
Activities include group games, improvisational play, yoga, dance, and music through song and simple instruments. Children create performances, make their own instruments and dress up clothes, build 'sets', and experiment with photography and video art.
Field Studies
Field Studies offers ‘art-meets-nature’ projects and experiences. Children explore The Fields Sculpture Park and Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center Gallery, visit international artists-in-residence, hike through the woods, and learn about the natural science of Omi’s diverse landscape. Children explore Earth Art, environmental conservation, and make their own natural works of art.

In the summer, children have an opportunity to swim in Omi’s in-ground pool each day. Swimming occurs in two groups divided by age at alternating times. Children may take a quick dip to cool off, or play in the water for the entire swim time. Our Aquatics Director is a certified, experienced lifeguard and is present at all times to monitor swimming and to administer safety instruction and testing. Swimming and Aquatics procedures meet the New York State Department of Health Children’s Camp requirements and standards. Accommodations are made for non-swimmers and for our youngest campers.


CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made prior to June 1st are eligible for a refund less a $100 cancellation fee per each child registered regardless of the number of sessions enrolled. No refunds will be given after June 1st.

Teen Programs

For questions, please e-mail Education Omi Director, Sasha Sicurella, at

Public Sculpture Workshop
May 7,14, 21 & 28
Ages 12+

Ever imagined what it would be like to build a sculpture for Omi? This spring, artist-educator Max Spitzer will lead a sculpture workshop that will help you do just that! Students will collaborate to design, construct, build, and install an outdoor public work for the Education Pavilions site. Using materials including wood, wire, paper mache and resin, the entire process of conceiving and executing a large-scale sculpture will be examined. Share in creating the first-ever student piece for Omi that will remain on display for the summer season!


Playwriter's Dreamshop
August 8-12 (M-F, 9AM-3PM)
Ages 10-13
Cost: $345
Instructor: Jenny Wai-Lan Strodl

The sky is the limit in this outdoor collaborative playwriting workshop. Let your imagination run wild as we dream up, write, rehearse, and perform an original play. Together, we explore the elements of playwriting and write a script. We will also engage in aspects of theatrical production including acting, costume and set design, staging, and sound. Our efforts culminate in a final performance, set against the landscape of The Fields at Omi for friends and family on the final day of camp. Daily swim time too! 

Click here to register!

STORY: Writing Intensive for Teens
July 25-29 (M-F, 10AM-3PM)
Ages 13+
Instructor: Jenny Wai-Lan Strodl

Whether you want to write a novel, compose a collection of poems, pen your college application essay, create a monologue for stage, ink a journalistic travelogue, or craft a nonfiction narrative based on an ancient civilization, this week-long summer intensive takes your work to the deepest level. Each writer has the opportunity to focus on a single piece of writing—developing process, refining craft, and polishing work. Days are filled with individualized writing instruction, one-on-one editing, structured free writing time, and outdoor summer activities including daily pool time. All skill levels welcome! 

Click here to register!

August 1-5 (M-F, 9AM-3PM)
Ages 13+
Instructors: Jenny Wai-Lan Strodl + (2nd Teaching Artist TBA)

Join the Maker Movement! This five day camp led by two experienced teaching artists combines creative writing and art making in innovative ways. Let your writing inform an artistic vision or let an artwork inspire a new story. Students will work on individualized, self-guided projects as they hone their writing and hand-crafting skills simultaneously. Spend time outdoors in The Fields at Omi and enjoy swimming daily. Discover the symbiotic relationship between art and writing through this multi-faceted immersion program. All skill levels welcome! 

Click here to register!


Cancellations made prior to June 1st are eligible for a refund less a $100 cancellation fee per each child registered regardless of the number of sessions enrolled. No refunds will be given after June 1st.



School & Group Visits

Guided visits to The Fields are available for people of all ages and levels. Whether you would like to bring a class of K-12 students or a group of curious adults, we are happy to work with you to tailor an experience to suit your interests. Please inquire at least two weeks prior to your intended visit day.

We can host up to 50 individuals per visit with a maximum of 25 individuals per guide. Groups are welcome to reserve seating indoors in our Cafe, outdoors on our patio, or choose a spot in The Fields for a picnic lunch or snack break. Please note that Café Omi is open with a full menu every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM - 4 PM. There is a limited weekday menu of snacks and beverages available for Monday - Friday, from 11 AM - 4 PM.



Independent Walk in The Fields

Plan a self-guided tour with your group. Grab a map and head out into The Fields where you can spend plenty of independent time viewing the sculptures, discovering the park, and enjoying nature!

FREE and available any day between 9am-5pm.

To plan your visit, contact Education Director, Sasha Sicurella or call 518-728-9256.



Interactive Guided Tour of The Fields

Explore The Fields with a knowledgeable guide, highlighting the latest exhibition and points of interest. Focus on a theme such as Public Art, Art in Nature, or Understanding Contemporary Art or work with us to design your own program. This tour is approximately one hour in length and is intended to engage participants in active viewing experiences while learning more about the artists and their processes.

Weekdays between 9am-3pm.

To plan your visit, contact Education Director, Sasha Sicurella or call 518-728-9256.



Interactive Guided Tour of The Fields and Hands-on Art Project (K-12)

Extend your visit with a hands-on artmaking activity designed specifically for the age and grade-level of your students. Choose from a variety of themes or collaborate with our Education Director to integrate an art project into your classroom curriculum. This option is approximately 2 hours in length.

Weekdays between 9am-3pm.

To plan your visit, contact Education Director, Sasha Sicurella or call 518-728-9256.


Support & Scholarships

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Education Omi has grown tremendously since our first summer camp in 2005. 

Now, with year-round educational offerings, we are serving more children and adults than ever before. As our program continues to expand and develop, so do our operating costs. In order to continue to offer low-cost, quality art education to families of all income levels we need your help. 

If you are interested in applying for need-based financial assistance, contact Education Director, Sasha Sicurella for more information. Click here to view the Financial Aid form.


Please consider a tax-deductible, charitable donation to encourage creativity in our community.
One important way you can directly support the program is by giving to our Scholarship Fund; where each gift of $325 sends a local child to Camp Omi for one week. 
Please contact Education Director, Sasha Sicurella to donate today. 

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