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This performing arts day camp is for young people who have experienced the death of one or both parents.

Surrounded by a community of peers who have experienced a similar loss, campers explore their creativity through a variety of performing arts activities such as music, movement, acting and design.

Orpheum trained teaching artists, supported by group leaders and healing counselors, facilitate activities that encourage community and collaboration while celebrating the unique talents of each individual camper, giving them creative space to express themselves, build self-confidence, share ideas, and ask questions.

Mending Hearts is a safe, confidential environment where campers can speak openly and honestly. One of the healing activities that campers participate in is sharing time. During sharing time, adult community leaders share their experience of losing a parent as a child and speak about how that experience impacted their life as well as their healing journey. Campers then have the opportunity to reflect in small groups with professional healing counselors. As part of the healing journey, campers will practice a variety of coping skills, and will be provided space to process difficult emotions in one-on-one counseling sessions if needed during camp.

To best serve the needs of campers, Mending Hearts Camp is grouped into two sessions: Campers entering grades 3-5 and Campers entering grades 6-8.

“My father passed away unexpectedly when I was seven years old. As I grew, I realized it was my childhood involvement in the performing arts that gave me the tools to express myself, a group of supportive friends, and the self-confidence to achieve the success I have enjoyed in life. With Mending Hearts Camp, I am pleased the Orpheum can give other children who have experienced the devastating loss of a parent the same benefits of the performing arts that I had as a child.” — Brett Batterson, President & CEO

Want to sign up or have questions? Email mendinghearts@orpheum-memphis.com or call Lena Wallace Black at 901-529-4247.

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