Register Now for Summer Programs

Neutral Zone’s summer programs in music, art, theater and literary arts, offer a week-long opportunity to dive into some of our most popular academic year programs.  NZ programs begin the week of June 26, and go through August 11.  Click on the “+” sign below for a particular camp description.



VOLUME Summer Institute for Writers, June 27 - July 1

June 25, 7pm orientation; June 26-30, 9:30am-2pm, daily workshops; Optional afternoon workshops 2-3pm; COST: $225.

This nationally acclaimed workshop puts together teens interested in developing skills as writers together with nationally and locally recognized performance poets and prose writers in a relaxed and encouraging environment. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in daily workshops taught by talented instructors in poetry and short fiction.  All experience levels welcome. Please bring a bag lunch.  Light snacks will be provided.  The week will end in performances by participants and guest poets.


Digital Photography


Session 1: June 26 – 30, 1 -4pm, COST: $225
Session 2: July 24 – 28, 1 – 4pm, COST: $225

Learn to photograph the world around you.  Beginning and advanced photographers are welcome at both sessions. Learn the basics of how to operate a camera and compose photos.  Ann Arbor will be our inspiration while we hike and shoot pictures.  Bring your own camera or NZ has some to share.


Music Video Making, July 5 - 14

July 5-14, 1 -6pm, COST: $325

This camp is for musicians and video producers.  The first four days will include writing a song and recording it.  The last four days will include producing a music video from the song you created. Participants will learn pre-production, production and post-production skills, while using a Canon 70D, GoPro and editing on FCPX.  Music and video skills not necessary.


Murals Meet Street Art, July 10 -July 14

July 10 – 14, 10am – 1pm, COST: $225

NZ will expose you to murals and street art from around the world, focusing on the impact that these works make on individuals and communities. You will learn the basic concepts of public mural making.  Then, you’ll collaborate to design and paint a community mural.  All skill levels welcome.  Bring your paint clothes.


Theater Madness, July 11-15

July 11 – 14, 9am – 12noon; July 14, 7pm performance, COST: $225

All the world is a stage!  Join us to unleash your inner actor.  Whether you are a seasoned actor or new to theater performance or production, join this group to learn fun and easy theater performance and production techniques. Activities include skit and monologue development and performance, improvisation games and self-written theater work, vocal and physical warm up and movement activities and more.

Video Production 101, July 24-28

July 24-28, 1-5pm, COST $225

Learn how to record, edit and produce videos in one week using a Canon 70D (DSLR), GoPro.  Edit with Final Cut Pro X.  Incorporate time lapse, stop motion, and scenes from around Ann Arbor into your videos.  We’ll teach you the skills needed to make professional videos.  Equipment is provided or bring your own.


Music Technology, July 31 - Aug 4

July 31 – August 4, 1 – 4pm, COST: $225

Learn the basics of a music-recording studio. NZ provides electronic music workstations for beatmaking and recording arts featuring Maschine, Reason, Garageband, Logic Pro and ProTools software, and a full recording studio. Featured workshops include music recording, mixing and editing, as well as ample time for music creation and collaboration with other artists.


Mosaics, July 31 - Aug 4

July 31- Aug 4, 10am – 1 pm, COST: $225

Work with mixed media: glass, ceramic and tile to design and create beautiful color creations. You will learn basic mosaic art techniques from assembling to grouting the finished piece. Attendees will design a creation of their own in addition to collaborating with the group on a project. Be imaginative and explore mosaic making with us.

Project GreeNZ, July 31 - Aug 4

July 31 – Aug 4, 9am – 1pm, COST: $225

Gain experience in invasive species control, trail building and restoration techniques in addition to learning about local ecology conservation efforts, and the ways these concepts connect to individual actions in the world.  Participants will be working to restore a nature preserve in Ann Arbor.

DuneZone Camping Trip, Aug 8 - 11

Aug 8, 8am – Aug 11, 8pm, COST: $225

Don’t miss this backwoods camping experience.  We will explore Nordhouse Dunes and Luddington State Park.  You’ll hike and camp on the beach dunes, learn wilderness survival techniques, learn to identify plants and trees, and have a great time chilling at the beach.  You should be prepared for some physical challenges, but you don’t need to have any previous camping experience.  If you have your own camping gear that’s great, but we will also help you find equipment.  You will be required to attend an interview, parent meeting and backpacking clinic prior to the trip.



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