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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. This year we are excited to announce a new one week format of TADC.

About TADC 2018

What is the human genome? How does probability play a factor in genes and family characteristics? How do 3D Printers support the field of genomics? Students will have the opportunity explore these questions and more through the fascinating world of genomics in conjunction with the Rochester Art Center’s summer exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, traveling from the Smithsonian. Using imaginative activities and creative explorations, students will learn how genomics affects every aspect of our social world. Structured to age appropriate grade levels, RAC’s classroom will transform into a learning lab for the artistic processes that help students grasp genomic concepts such as DNA extraction and isolation, eye color and polygenic inheritance, ABO blood-typing, and forensic analyses with a variety of tools including 3D printers. In addition, various industry and arts professionals from the area will speak about their unique perspective on genomics. Learn how the field of genomics ties science together with the creative arts as students begin to see themselves in a new way: as individuals, as members of families and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.

TADC 2018 Instructor

Your Instructor will be Kelly Schrandt, a 7th and 8th grade S.T.E.A.M. teacher at Stewartville Middle School. Over the last three years, Kelly developed the S.T.E.A.M. curriculum featuring the use of 3D printers and a 3d print lab. In addition to his current teaching post, he has worked with students across all grade levels in programs such as Camp Invention, the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame and Zumbro Education District’s Gifted and Talented Day Camp. Kelly has also mentored high school students in the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth. Kelly’s education background spans both Sciences and Arts experiences, including a B.F.A. in 3D Animation (97′), a B.A. in K-6 elementary instruction, a Grade 5-8 science licensure, and a M.A. in Education. His professional development experience also includes 2013-2014 N.S.T.A. New Science Teacher Fellowship and 2016 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy. Kelly is committed to teaching youth how sciences and the arts can inform one another through the use of imaginative activities, innovative tools and technologies and the joy of learning and exploring.


This one week program runs Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Full Scholarships are available. Contact us for more information: 507-282-8629 or info@rochesterartcenter.org

Tuition: $200 ($6.67/hr) for RAC members* |  $225 ($7.50/hr) for non-members

*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.


2018 Dates

Session 1 Grades 1-3June 18 – June 22
Session 2 Grades 4-6June 25 – June 29
Session 3 Grades 1-3July 16 – July 20
Session 4 Grades 4-6July 23 – July 27
Session 5 Grades 7-8July 30 – August 3
Session 6 Grades 9-12August 6 – August 10

Click this link to fill out an application

Send it to info@rochesterartcenter.org

or mail it to:

Rochester Art Center
Attn: Education
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904

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

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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 us at info@rochesterartcenter.org with questions regarding the application process.