A Nationally Recognized Program of Excellence

The RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp provides a summer learning experience like no other.
The camp draws on PAA’s 16 years of expertise in innovating arts-integrated education.

Using Hip-Hop to Empower Youth

Celebrating its 16th year, RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp: Recognizing Hip-Hop As a Powerful Source Of Development for Youth is a nationally-recognized arts education initiative that builds students’ 21st century skills in collaboration, leadership, and problem solving through rigorous workshops in music, art, poetry and dance. The camp’s technology-rich activities enable youth to learn in and through the arts while examining the history, context, and art forms of hip-hop culture.

Programming takes place in two parts. The “feeder” camp program introduces students to beginning skills in each art form through our Community Hip-Hop Camps. Camp instructors then select the most promising students from each feeder location to participate in the invitation-only annual camp held for two weeks in August.

Register Your Student for a Community Hip-Hop Camp Today!

16th Annual RHAPSODY
Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp

  • July 31-August 11, 2017 at the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare
  • Featuring exceptional guest artists from around the nation
  • A two-week intensive that culminates with a full-scale concert performance
  • The perfect opportunity for students to take their skills to the next level
  • Camp activities include workshops, jam sessions, interviews with artists, and more
  • Workshops include the latest music technology, Maker equipment, and Scratch coding
  • Selected students from the camp will be featured in PAA shows throughout the year


“Got a whole army of the hip-hop youth;
we just take what’s familiar then we drip drop truth;
stir it in with a taste of jazz and soul and spread the word
so the first class can grow.”


Lyrics from “The Dark” by Connor Musarra, camp alumnus and current instructor