"Patternz" camp uses creativity to teach kids to work together

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COLUMBUS - The Lincoln Theatre enriches lives in the Columbus community through the arts. This summer, the theatre is hosting its first-ever "Patternz" summer camp for kids ages 6-13. The five-week camp features a different theme each week, centered around music, theater, dance and visual arts. There's a reason for the camp's name, too.

"There are patterns in everyday life," says visual arts instructor Shelbi Harris-Roseboro. "Everywhere. Not just in visual arts or things like that, but how we have patterns in our music, in our lives, how we see patterns everywhere."

The theater teamed up with other community partners - like the OSU Wexner Medical Center, Local Matters, and Columbus Integrated Health - to make the camp a well-rounded experience. Patternz uses the arts to teach kids concepts like leadership, exploring their creativity and believing in themselves.

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"These are constant conversations where they get to express themselves," adds Harris-Roseboro. "In art, in all areas. So, they can write lyrics, they can express themselves visually. [It's a] really, really cool camp."

The Lincoln Theatre also offers pre- and post-camp care for busy families. Watch the video to see how the kids collaborate with each other to create original works including songs!

Click here for more information on the Lincoln Theatre's Patternz Summer Camp.

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