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About 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.

Camp Omi is offered in two summer sessions: one for children; another for teens. 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.


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 10:00 to 12:00.


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 education@artomi.org, or call (518) 728-9256.


Spring & Summer Art Camps



 


Spring and Summer Art Camps are no longer in session.  Please stay tuned to register for our Winter Camp.

9 AM - 3 PM
Ages 4 1/2 - 12
Tuition information, class descriptions, and registration info coming soon!


STORY: A Creative Writing Program

Back by popular demand, Education Omi is pleased to offer increased offerings for young creative minds ages 13 and up!


To register, email Sasha Sicurella at education@artomi.org.

 


STORY: A Creative Writing Program with Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl
Fiction workshop for Writers ages 12 - 16


Saturdays, Sept. 6 - Nov. 22, 10 AM, 12 PM
Enroll for 4-week sessions AND/OR daily drop-in.
$20 per Saturday class. A limited number of scholarships are available.


Session 1: Saturdays, Sept 6 – Sept 27, 10 AM – 12 PM

Session 2: Saturdays, Oct 4 – Oct 25, 10 AM – 12 PM
Session 3: Saturdays, Nov 1 – Nov 22, 10 AM – 12 PM


Everyone has a story to tell. No matter who you are, your unique expression is important. Writing gives you the power to find your voice and put your vision into words. Fiction – where dreams and reality merge – has no limits. Together we will discuss what makes a great story, hone your writing skills, explore your characters, wander with your wildest ideas, dream up whole worlds, bring real characters to life, and most importantly – unleash your imagination. Come and step into the dream. See where your story will take you. Open to new and continuing students.


Born in Canada, Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Princeton University, where she studied fiction with writers such as Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Russell Banks. She has been a comic book editor at Marvel and is currently a writer for Bard College.


For more information, please email Sasha Sicurella at education@artomi.org or call (518) 728-9256.

Saturday Workshops

 

Saturday Childrens Workshops
Every Saturday Sept 13 - December 27, 10 AM - 12 PM
$12 or $20 for two
Ages 4 1/2 - 12

Meet at the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center.
No pre-registration necessary.

These workshops offer studio experiences for children ages 4 1/2 -12. Themes and activities are connected with the artists, artworks and ideas featured in the current exhibition in The Fields Sculpture Park. Workshops begin with an adventure in The Fields focusing on artworks pertinent to a weekly theme.

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



Support & Scholarships


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Scholarships

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 a scholarship please click here or contact Education Director, Sasha Sicurella for more information.

Donations 

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 $250 sends a local child to Camp Omi for one week. 
Please contact Education Director, Sasha Sicurella to donate today. 
Scholarships and multiple-child family discounts are available. 
THANK YOU!

The Pavilions Exhibition Series

   


Education Omi Pavilions Exhibition Series

The Education Omi Pavilions Exhibition Series gives opportunities to emerging local artists of all ages. Set in the open-air pavilions in The Fields, these public shows encourage experimentation and provide an educational experience throughout the process. Past exhibitions have featured Bard College Fine Art students, K-12 students of Ichabod Crane School, and adults of the Coarc organization.

Activities & Updates

Find out more on our Blogspot blog.

Sasha Sicurella, 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.

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