Now in its third year, the Crown Heights Summer Arts Camp needs your support to have our best season yet! You can read more below to get a full picture of what students experience through this program, where your support goes, and who we are. You can email [email here] with any questions.




We believe that the youth of our city are often overlooked and sometimes regarded as a nuisance, when in reality they are full of energy and talents that are waiting to be unleashed!  Our Summer Arts Camp gives youth the opportunity to discover and cultivate hidden talents by exposing them to new forms of art and challenging them to go outside of the box. We help them identify areas of interest and confidence and then teach them to thrive in those areas. We strive to encourage in order to maximize potential and we have seen very positive results!

We believe that the Summer Arts Camp is not only a lot of fun, but it also fosters experiences that lead toward personal growth and development. While our curriculum teaches principles of art and theater, it also emphasizes themes of unity, teamwork, social etiquette, problem solving, self control and discipline. We do not discourage emotions, rather we teach the youth to channel those emotions and energy into positive outcomes that work toward a greater good.

We believe that our talents should be shared in community with others! Being and feeling a part of a community can shape our outlooks and outcomes in life. Our program celebrates the cultural differences of our community by having the youth engage with influential role models that have come from similar cultures and backgrounds as our youth. This helps them to form a vision of how they too can play an integral and influential role in their communities.




Summer of 2014 was when we first opened our doors to a group of youth that impacted our lives and who we are still closely connected to today! During our time together we choreographed dances, belted out songs, as well as wrote and acted out poetry together. We were taught expert techniques from professional actors and make up artists. We even had an evening out in the city and went to the Broadway Show “Hollar If You Hear Me”, starring Saul Williams and Tonya Pinkins. For many of our youth, this was their first time seeing a Broadway play. On top of that, we were given the rare opportunity to meet Tonya Pinkins on stage after the show to have a Q & A and get autographs from the cast! Needless to say, the youth were amazed with all the unforgettable moments they experienced that day.

Our summer culminated with a show of our own, called “#iamWHOiam” in which the students wrote, memorized and performed their pieces in front of a large group of family and friends in the Crown Heights Community. It was an emotional and very rewarding time for everyone involved. The memories of the past summer fill us with excitement for this coming summer. 

For 2015, we are adding an art class and recreational sports to our agenda, to expand on what the youth experience during their time with us. We are opening our doors to a larger number of youth this year as well and we are planning trips biweekly! 

The Crown Heights Summer Youth Camp is a safe space where young people in the community are free to express themselves without the fear of judgement from anyone - adults and peers alike. We want to encourage young people to tell their stories! Our story is still being written and we welcome you join us on this journey.

camp information

JULY 6 - AUGUST 13, 2015

Join us for this year's camp in Crown Heights! Camp will run Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. between July 6 and August 13. The final performance will take place on Friday, August 14th. All camp activities take place at P.S. 289 located at 900 St. Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213. Additional information and registration is below for you. 

Programs Offered:


  • Theatre
  • Improv
  • Character Building


  • Hip Hop
  • Modern
  • Jazz

Recreational Sports

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Obstacle course


  • Creating a Set
  • Personal Piece


For any questions regarding registration, please contact CHSummerArtsCamp@gmail.com.

our team

meet our co-directors

Both Richard and Dimetra Barrios have years of experience working with youth in non-profit organizations and are passionately committed to the young people of Crown Heights. Here’s a little bit about them:


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Dimetra Barrios (Camp Director)  is a native of Brooklyn and has had a passion for the arts since she was a young person. She attended LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and graduated as a Drama major. She then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts following high school while simultaneously working at the Dodge YMCA. At the YMCA, she led an after schoolPROGRAM, dance classes, and a gym class for high school students.  She currently works with Trinity Grace Church Crown Heights where she directs the children’s and youth programs.

Richard Barrios (Camp Director)  is a native of Brooklyn that began working with young people in his early teens with an organization called Good Shepard Services. He was a mentor to displaced youth in Red Hook and helped them engage in alternative activities to keep them off of the streets. His experience at Good Shepard Services developed a passion in him to care for Brooklyn youth much like himself. After high school, he continued working with youth at the Dodge YMCA where he lead a summer campPROGRAM.  He currently co-leads the youth program at Trinity Grace Church Crown Heights and is the Executive Director of Amenities at American Leisure.

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Crown Heights Summer Arts Camp
c/o Trinity Grace Church
1000 Dean St 
Suite 313
Brooklyn, NY 11238

For general questions, concerns, or comments, use the form to contact us. We will respond as soon as possible!