Arts & RECREATION
Our highly-qualified and professionally-trained staff provide a safe and nurturing environment where campers experience fun and enriching activities. Each of the five week-long sessions is staffed with a director, registered nurse, certified lifeguards and dedicated, experienced counselors.
Camp Columbus is a great place for children and adults to play, learn, and make friends. Beginning in July, we offer five week-long sessions of day activities at Camp Columbus on beautiful Owasco Lake in Auburn. More than 6 acres of groomed terrain make up the major portion of Camp Columbus, where there is plenty of room for baseball and other field sports. The upper campground is set 400 feet from the road and features a cafeteria, arts & crafts building, two sports fields, and a playground with a fully-accessible wheelchair swing. Music and drama classes are held in the former chapel, which has been renovated. No matter what the camper's ability, they will be able to join in the water activities: Camp is equipped with an Incline Lift System to transport wheelchairs to the supporting ramp and dock below where all campers can enjoy the lake.
Spot Light Studio
Our Spot Light Studio is a two story facility which houses an art studio, video editing studio, dance studio and an intimate performance space. It is located at 39 Genesee Street in downtown Auburn and offers: instruction in painting, drawing, sculpting and computer assisted art creation. The Studio also provide classes in dance, movement and musical performance. Public performances are given each month. The Studio is also home to a video production company that regularly produces a variety of programming which can be seen on Spectrum Cable access as well as YouTube.
At Spot Light Studio, individuals are given the opportunity to explore and develop their creative talents while also working on life skills that will assist them in developing and maintaining a high degree of self-direction and independence.
Visual Arts training provides an excellent opportunity to help develop self-discipline, problem solving skills and the confidence to work independently. Training in the performing arts provides improved communication skills, the ability to follow directions and the experience of working in cooperation with other to achieve a common goal!
The studio offers opportunities for personal growth through self-expression in the creative arts for people with developmental disabilities in the areas of acting and character development, dance instruction and choreography and creative and fine arts.
Spot light Studio is fortunate to have received support from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the Green Family Foundation, the John Ben Snow Foundation, the Cayuga Community Fund and hundreds of individual patrons.
Computer-Assisted Art Labs, which are available at many of our Day Services sites help create original works of art design and the touchscreen. Our Computer Art Labs have already been extremely successful throughout our Agency, not only are people excited about creating original artwork, but it has helped people grow in independence and ability to work in the Art Labs with less supervision, which has increased confidence and self-esteem.
The Computer Art Labs were made possible through generous gifts from the Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle, Greene Family Foundation, Cayuga Community Fund and the Finger Lakes Arts Council