CIA 2018

Students made paintings of some seaside landscapes during an art project at last year's Commerce Institute for the Arts summer camp.

The annual Commerce Institute for the Arts summer camp is back this summer, and is being extended past the normal two weeks thanks to a new partnership.

The camp, which is put on by the Commerce Community Action Program, gives children exposure to the arts for free.

CIA will be held from June 3 to June 28. Normally a two-week long camp, Dr. Bob Johnson with C-CAP says that they are partnering with the Commerce ISD ACE after school program and the local Boys and Girls Clubs to provide more resources.

“ACE and the Boys and Girls Clubs are providing funding to extend what we can offer at the camp,” Johnson said. “We expect this to be a really great experience for the kids.”

Johnson says that the instructors are still being finalized, but they are planning to have art and theatre classes at CIA.

The camp will run from noon to 5 p.m. at Commerce Middle School on weekdays, and end with a performance and art showcase for the public on June 29.

Registration is free, but parents are requested to purchase a camp t-shirt for their child for $10. The camp is open to children from grades 6 to 8.

To get more information or to find out how to register your child, contact Garon Burgin at or James Daugherty at

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