Who We Are
The TOPS mission is to cultivate an all-around appreciation for the art forms of our culture through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. By providing access to instruction in the visual and performing arts, we empower school-aged children to succeed in all areas of their lives.
Our camp serves more than 200 campers, from kindergarten through 12th grade, during a 7-8 week period in the summer, providing quality, standards-based instruction in music, creative writing, and the visual arts. The children attending the camp have fun while spending an intensive week developing and enhancing their artistic skills.
The empowering feeling of watching it all come together builds leadership skills, confidence, and critical thinking. The young performer has an opportunity for exploration or total immersion at our camp. Piano performance, creative writing, world drumming as well as other arts are offered by the camp in small classes organized by age and skill. FAU faculty and students teach in fully equipped studios and classrooms.
Our History - under construction
TOPS was launched in the summer 1994 by the former Director of Keyboard Studies at FAU, Heather Coltman, who had a heart for both children and the arts. She wanted to provide children with an opportunity for a meaningful education in the arts. The camp began with ....
Word spread quickly about the summer camp, and ..... The next summer, the camp had , and by 1999, programming had expanded to include instruction in the .
Though the original intent had never been to form a nonprofit, TOPS was designated as a 501(c)(3) organization. What began as one class for 10 students now serves more than 200 children each summer. Children are learning the arts of piano, creative writing, jazz, drumming, chorus, painting, drawing, and more each year. More than that, they are learning the skills they need to succeed in all areas of life – skills such as self-discipline, perseverance, teamwork and imagination.
TOPS is committed to serving young children and believe participation in the arts can be the catalyst for extraordinary change. To that end, we will continue to grow our programming until we reach our vision for tomorrow, and every child has equal access to an arts-rich education.
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