Ages: 13 – 18
July 20: Registration Due
July 31: Orientation
August 3 – 7: WEEK 1
August 10-14: WEEK 2
August 3 – 14: Full Camp
Time: 10AM – 1:30PM (EST)
Price: Free

Words hold the power to transform the world around us and music shapes the ways we move through our world. What happens when these two worlds collide?

NJPAC invites you to come to find out! Participate in our FREE City Verses Virtual Summer Camp – Breathe: Expressing Life through Poetry and Jazz

A part of the Arts Center’s City Verses jazz poetry initiative, created in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark, this camp will offer high school students the opportunity to explore jazz and poetry and learn how to create new work that incorporates elements of both genres through a collaborative composition process.

Taught by Rutgers Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) poets and NJPAC’s jazz faculty, this camp will develop the creative voices of young artists in a two-week intensive workshop through live virtual instruction. Students between the ages of 13-18 are invited to register. Greater Newark area students are encouraged to register (Bayonne, Belleville, Bloomfield, East Orange, Elizabeth, Harrison, Hillside, Irvington, Jersey City, Kearny, Maplewood, Newark, Orange, Paterson, and South Orange).


Jazz Poetry is a uniquely African American art form which, “like the music itself, encompasses a variety of forms, rhythms, and sounds; from early blues to free jazz to experimental music, jazz poets use their appreciation for the music as poetic inspiration.”

To be eligible for consideration, the student must meet the following qualifications:

  • Between 13 and 18 years of age
  • Musicians should have previous experience playing an instrument or in vocal performance. Students should have experience or interest in music composition and have an interest in collaborating with poets.
  • Poets should have an interest in original composition and a desire to write in collaboration with musicians.

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