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Total Arts Day Camp (TADC)

We once again look forward to the return of Rochester Art Center’s longest running and most robust education program, TADC. TADC provides children and young teens the opportunity to experience creativity, innovation, and the joy of art making and collaboration in a welcoming studio environment.  Local artist and luminary, Judy Onofrio established Total Arts Day Camp in 1971 as an immersive contemporary art experience for students in grades 1-12. The program continues to be a unique and memorable opportunity for young artists to explore transformative educational possibilities in a variety of artistic mediums. This is a terrific opportunity for all young people to engage with contemporary art—as shared and taught by the regions most talented professional artists!

2017 is a year of two FIRSTS

Artist in Residence program allowing for a unified vision throughout all curriculum. The artists have developed a syllabus for each of the eight sessions highlighting RAC exhibitions, music, spoken word poetry, dance, basic art appreciation theories and concepts.

High School students (ages 15-18) will have a two week open studio session where they will create new work with the guidance of our Artist in Residence, build a portfolio, draft a bio and artist statement as well as curate their own exhibition.

The program runs Monday-Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm

Tuition: $395 ($6.58/hr) for RAC members* |  $425 ($7/hr) for non-members
Limited partial scholarships (for 1/2 of total tuition) are available to families who meet need requirements**. NOTE – you MUST indicate in the “notes” section of your application that you are intending to apply for a scholarship or you will be invoiced and required to pay the full tuition amount.

Payment is due within five (5) business days of invoicing. Should your payment not be received by the end of this five (5) day period, your registration will be cancelled.  For voluntary cancellations up to two-weeks prior to the session start date, there will be a $35 registration fee deducted from the tuition refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations after that date.

Household memberships to Rochester Art Center are $100 for one year. This is a great chance to support Total Arts Day Camp and our education programs throughout the year.

*Member discount for those at $100 and above. This is a great chance to support Total Arts Day Camp and our education programs throughout the year.

Must reside within the southeastern region of Minnesota
Proof of free or reduced lunch form from school district
Recommendation letter from a teacher, community member or social worker
NOTE – All scholarship materials MUST be submitted to info@rochesterartcenter.org, within 72 business hours of your registration completion or your application will be removed from consideration.

2017 Dates

Session 1
Grades 1-2
June 19 – June 30
Session 2
Grades 3-4
June 19 – June 30
Session 3
Grades 1-2
July 17 – July 28
Session 4
Grades 3-4
July 17 – July 28
Session 5
Grades 5-8
July 17 – July 28
Session 6
Grades 9-12
August 14 – August 25


Click HERE for information regarding Kids Art Summer Camp (KASC), ages 4-6


D.C. Mangum, Jr. Scholarship Program Information

The purpose of the Rochester Art Center’s D.C. Mangum Jr. Scholarship Program is to provide support to youth with financial need who desire to participate in the Art Center’s Total Arts Day Camp program. The Scholarship Program encourages access, inclusion, and diversity in our summer camp.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, as funds are available and at the Rochester Art Center’s discretion. Scholarships are allocated on a first come, first served basis to those applicants meeting the eligibility guidelines. Applicants will need to reapply annually for the scholarship.

The scholarship program is made possible by generous contributions to the D.C. Mangum Fund, honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of community leader and former RAC Board member, D.C. Mangum Jr. D.C. Mangum was an outstanding pillar of compassion, leadership, and kindness in our community. The Art Center was privileged to have him share all his strengths and gifts with us as a Board Member from 2010-2015.

Email Abby Gilmore, agilmore@rochesterartcenter.org, with questions regarding the application process.

To GIVE to the D.C. Mangum Jr. Scholarship Fund and sponsor a child’s tuition, please donate here.