DASAC’s 23rd season will usher in big changes in the camp’s physical infrastructure. As many of our DASAC families already may be aware of, pending trustee approval in January, Deerfield Academy’s Memorial Arts Building will begin an extensive 14-month renovation process, beginning this summer. The entire building will go offline to facilitate this work. The completion of this renovation will result in a beautifully expanded arts building, housing new facilities and capabilities for the school’s arts program–and DASAC–in the years to come.
As the Memorial Building has been the epicenter of camp since its inception, its renovation will alter the traditional locations of the camp’s many studios. DASAC, along with the Deerfield Academy Fine Arts Department, will move to interim locations on the Deerfield campus. Thanks to Deerfield’s vigorous support, DASAC will still be able to welcome two full sessions to incoming campers this summer. As in previous seasons, we will admit 105 campers each session, selected by lottery.
As of December 2012, the housing and support for nearly all of DASAC’s studios has been accounted for in our new locations. The one exception is the ceramics studio, a program that requires many specific facilities in order to operate safely and efficiently. While ceramics will return to camp at the completion of the renovation, we will need to suspend this studio for this summer. Our multi-talented ceramics staff will return, however, and will bring new, exciting projects to the camp to replace this much-loved studio and make this summer a special one.
Thankfully, we are blessed with strong support from the Academy and a dedicated staff, many of whom will return again in 2013. We have no doubt that, while our spaces will be different this season, the many rich traditions of camp will continue to thrive. Our goal remains unaltered: to provide an ambitiously creative and exciting program that helps campers discover themselves as young artists. Indeed, these very principles make the opportunity to re-imagine our camp during the renovation an exciting thing–and a chance to explore new possibilities in our work with your children.
We look forward to seeing you this summer.