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Usdan Summer Camp For The Arts Celebrates Long Island First Responders


Usdan Summer Camp For The Arts Celebrates Long Island First Responders

On August 14, 2018 a fire at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts destroyed two historic studios and impacted other buildings and systems throughout the campus of the critically acclaimed summer day camp for the arts. The damage was limited because of the fast and professional work of the Suffolk County fire and police officers.

As Usdan's way of saying thank you for the efforts of the Bravest and Finest on that day, and every day, Usdan is offering a special discount to the children of First Responders throughout the region to attend Usdan for the summer of 2019. New campers can receive $1,000 off seven week session tuition and $500 off 4 and 3 week session tuition, while availability lasts.

"It's agonizing to watch something you love on fire - to feel the heat and smell the smoke - but during that experience we knew we were safe and that the campus was being taken care of, thanks to the swift and strong efforts from the first responder community." says Lauren Brandt Schloss, Executive Director of Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts. "For more than 50 years, the fire, police, and emt from this region has kept Usdan safe. We are so grateful for their work on our behalf and that of the entire community and honored to offer this token of our appreciation for their work."

This special celebration will launch on February 12 at the New York Open where Usdan will sponsor the First Responders' Night at the Open's Wolf Pack Ninja Arena at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Pavilion.

Usdan offers 3-, 4-, and 7- week camp sessions with focused, joyous instruction in Visual Art, Dance, Theater, Music, Creative Writing, Nature, Chess, and Recreational Arts. The 2019 Camp Season will run from July 1 through August 16.

Nassau and Suffolk Fire, Police, and Emergency personnel can take advantage of this special offer by emailing, or calling 631-643-7900. Proof of affiliation required.

About Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts
For more than 50 years Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts ( has been the nation's preeminent not-for-profit day camp for the arts and was named a "Best Of" camp by TimeOutNY/Kids, and by NY Metro Parents. Diverse and playfully rigorous, Usdan brings world-class teachers and visiting artists--actors, directors, playwrights, painters, sculptors, musicians, composers, dancers, poets and novelists--to teach and collaborate with Usdan campers ages 4 to 18. Usdan ignites each child's artistic spirit in a fun, welcoming environment. Usdan believes art making is friend making, freedom making and future making.

Usdan is an agency of the UJA-Federation of New York. All programs will take place at the camp's magnificent 140-acre woodland campus, located at 185 Colonial Springs Road in Wheatley Heights, NY 11798.

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