Summer Camp 2021

Art in the Garden’s 2021 summer camp will be in-person (masked and physically distanced) at Borland Garden in East Liberty. Join us to celebrate nine years of youth and family programming in the arts and ecology. Art in the Garden supports youth in holding themselves and others in compassion and growing in connectedness to themselves, each other, and the earth.

This summer campers can make new friends and connect with old friends, play water balloon games, drum, dance, create with clay, make snacks from food grown in the garden, hop aboard the Storymobile, learn how plants sequester carbon to help mitigate climate change, create a graffiti-style mural, and more!

WHEN: June 14 – July 9, Mondays through Fridays 9 am – 1 pm with possible before and after care options.

WHERE: Camp is located at Borland Garden in East Liberty, 527 North Beatty Street (the corner of Black Street and North Beatty Street).

REGISTER: Click HERE to register for summer camp.

COST: In order to promote economic justice, Art in the Garden uses a sliding scale fee. Camp is FREE for all families experiencing poverty. For more about sliding scales, click HERE. *At least half of the spots in our programming are always reserved for students who identify as low-income and/or as a person of color, immigrant, or refugee.*

QUESTIONS? Email us at or call (412) 592-5711.


Some of the city’s most talented teaching artists and ecologists provide unique experiences for youth and families at Art in the Garden. We are a community that embraces our intersectionality, welcomes the whole of each person, and values our interconnection. Teaching artists and ecologists empower youth and build confidence, giving youth opportunities to experience themselves as agents of positive change. Art in the Garden supports each youth’s ability to thrive and live their fullest expressions of themselves. 

This summer features: 

Sankofa Village of the Arts, led by Shabaka Perkins and Toddja Thornhill, teaches youth West African drumming and dance using sound and movement as tools for building self-esteem, self-discipline, self-determination, and self-sufficiency.

The Mural Art Project, led by Max “Gems” Gonzalez and Shane Pilster, teaches graffiti and mural arts skills while building community and empowering youth to challenge barriers and give voice to their dreams. Youth have opportunities to create lasting murals that foster love and solidarity and justice.

The Clay Project, led by Sandra Moore and Shawn Terrell, provides the tools and materials for youth to make a series of clay artifacts. Youth learn about a variety of surface treatments such as burnishing, stamps, texture and glaze and the low fire technique, Horsehair Raku. As youth discuss what their clay piece needs to survive the firing, which they do in a kiln built on site, they also have the opportunity to discuss resilience and what they each need in order to thrive in the face of challenges. Building on sequential firings, youth learn to create more durable and better-constructed pieces.  

The Storymobile from Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh brings stories, activities, books, and literary resources to Art in the Garden. Each time The Storymobile visits, youth are given a book to expand their home libraries.

Pittsburgh Forest Garden, led by Sten Carlson, is a response to the rapid pace of global climate change and growing anxiety among youth about its effects on their future. Its purpose is to create a network of food forest school gardens to serve as outdoor classrooms where youth engage in the regenerative practices needed to help mitigate, adapt to, and, ultimately, reverse climate change. Youth learn about and contribute to the emerging field of carbon farming, improve ecosystem health, increase food security, beautify their community, and produce high yields from edible and medicinal plants.

SOAR Coaching Academy, led by Anita Russell, gives youth opportunities to explore their true strength and to dream big.

Earthen Vessels provides free breakfast and lunch.