Visual & Performing Arts

  • Visual & Performing Arts programs enrich learning throughout the School District of Manatee County by providing students an opportunity to celebrate their creativity and self-expression while learning valuable skills like time-management and how to work collaboratively.

    To see our students shine, join us for an event and become part of their success story.

SDMC Arts Calendar

Summer Camps

  • Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps

    The School District of Manatee County VPA Summer Camp program provides the opportunity for current 5th – 8th graders (or rising 6th – rising 9th) students to participate in high-quality, standards-based activities and experiences focusing on one of the Arts: Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Theater/dance or Art. Each camp will conclude with a parent/community showcase highlighting student performances in that specific art form. This is a great opportunity for students entering 6th grade in Fall 2024 to start playing an instrument, learning art, theatre, dance, and voice and get a jump start on their school year! This is also a fun opportunity for students who are currently playing an instrument or singing to work with professional instructors and continue improving their skills over the summer.

    Session 1* June 3 – 6 and 10 – 13, 2024

    Art Camp at Braden River Middle School

    Band Camp at Lakewood Ranch High School

    Theatre/Dance Camp at Parrish Community High School


    Session 2* June 17, 18, 20, 21 and June 24 – 27, 2024

    Chorus Camp at Parrish Community High School

    Orchestra Camp at Lakewood Ranch High School


    *Students may register for one camp in Session 1 and one camp in Session 2.

    If students wish to register for both sessions, please complete a separate registration form for each camp.


    Registration has now closed. If you have questions about a specific camp, please reach out to: 

    Art Camp - Jeramiah Bowman,

    Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Theatre/Dance Camp - Rhea Skaggs,

    Additional Details:

    • Free and open to all SDMC Public or Public Charter enrolled students – Current 5th – 8th Graders (or Rising 6th – Rising 9th)
    • Beginners/those with no experience are welcome!!
    • Attending Both Weeks of Camp is expected
    • Students who choose to attend camp are expected to take the same course during the next school year.
    • Instruments provided if needed
    • All Art supplies provided for free
    • Free Breakfast/Lunch Provided
    • Student Hours
      • 7:30AM – 8:00AM – Dropoff
      • 8:00AM – Breakfast
      • 8:30AM – 4:00PM – Instruction
      • 4:00PM – 4:30PM – Dismissal/Pickup
    • Camp Locations
      • Art Camp – Braden River Middle
      • Band Camp – Lakewood Ranch High School
      • Chorus Camp – Parrish Community High
      • Orchestra Camp – Lakewood Ranch High School
      • Theatre/Dance Camp – Parrish Community High School
    • Transportation is not provided.   


  • A variety of visual and performing arts programs are offered throughout the district based on grade level.

    K-12 Art is offered at all schools.

    K-5 Music is offered at all elementary schools.

    Band and Orchestra are offered at all high schools and most middle schools. 

    Choir and Theatre/Dance are offered at most high schools and some middle schools. 

    Other Programs, such as Digital Art, Guitar, Jazz Band, Film, etc., are offered at select schools and grade levels. Please visit each school's website to learn more.

Community Partners

  • We are fortunate to have several community partners supporting the visual and performing arts in the School District of Manatee County.
    Our gratitude and a round of applause goes to...

    Embracing Our Differences
    Hecht Foundation
    Manatee Arts Education Council (MAEC)
    Manatee Community Foundation
    Manatee Education Foundation
    USF Center for PAINT
    Van Wezel Foundation

Our Team