🧑🏼‍🎨 Zuzeum is pleased to invite children aged 11-14 to a summer school!

📆 23—27 July, 10 AM–5 PM
👥 for children aged 11–14
🎟️ Participation fee: 300 EUR
🗣️Language: English (with the possibility to use Latvian, Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian languages)
📝 Registration (includes a creative task for the child)

Zuzeum is pleased to invite children aged 11-14 to a summer school, where we will explore language anemia* and linguistic resilience**. Collaborating with Latvian artists, children will discover the magic of linguistics and get creative with various mediums while experimenting with language from its core sounds and symbols. They will create visual art, learn the basics of Esperanto, meditate, journal, and make their zines.

Over five days, children will join educators, guest artists, linguists, and psychologists on a journey to challenge the linguistic barriers to understanding each other by exploring our sociocultural narratives and personal experiences. 

Embracing the Reggio Emilia pedagogical approach, the camp follows the principles of creativity, project-based learning, environmental exploration, and collaborative engagement between educators and children. The absence of closed questions (with answers strictly “yes” or “no”) will allow children to gain confidence in a safe and curious environment.

The program champions linguistic diversity, intercultural dialogue, and emotional openness. By addressing themes of national resistance through language and the utopian nature of metalanguages***participants will cultivate effective communication and learn to translate conflict events into artistic expression or non-traumatic experience.

🔗 To sign up for the summer school, parents can fill out a registration form, and the child should complete a creative task. This helps us get to know your child better and assess their experience, openness to experimentation, and adaptability to a multicultural environment. Our goal is to assemble a group of children who are excited to collaborate and work together as a team.

❗️Please note that the number of places is strictly limited. Registration deadline: 14 July.

Camp counselors: Estere Kajema, Tonya Kroplya

Invited artists and specialists: Viktor Timofeev, text group Orbita, Spāre Vītola, Katrīna Biksone and Krišjānis Beļavskis, lecturer Andrejs Lūkins, psychiatrist Matīss Pudāns.

🎨 Lunch and all materials required for the classes are included in the participation fee.
👕 We invite you to choose an outfit you don’t mind getting messy!

🗓️ Kids’ Summer Lab timetable*

Day 1
10:30 – 12:30 Meet & Greet and getting to know each other
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Workshop with artists (Krišjānis Beļavskis, Spāre Vītola, Katrīna Biksone)
15:00 – 16:20 Snacks, games, discussions
16:20 – 16:30 Debrief and group meditation

Day 2
10:30 – 11:00 Welcome meditation and writing exercise
11:00 – 15:30 Academic workshop (Tonya Kamelchyk)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
15:30 – 16:20 MadLibs and fiction writing game
16:20 – 16:30 Debrief and group meditation

Day 3
10:30 – 11:00 Welcome meditation and writing exercise
11:00 – 12:35 Esperanto lesson
12:35 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Esperanto workshop and games
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop with Viktor Timofeev
16:20 – 16:30 Debrief and group meditation

Day 4
10:30 – 11:00 Welcome meditation and writing exercise
11:00 – 12:30 Workshop with artists (Orbita)
13:30 – 16:20 Zine workshop
16:20 – 16:30 Final debrief and group meditation

Day 5 (parents invited)
11:00 – 12:00 Welcome meditation and writing exercise
12:10 – 13:10 Zine presentation
13:30 – 15:00 Lab discussion with invited psychiatrist (Matīss Pudāns) 
15:00 – 16:00 Final debrief, group meditation, and group pictures

*Timetable is subject to minor changes

By attending this event, you agree to have photos or videos of you or your children taken for Zuzeum marketing purposes. You can refuse to be photographed or filmed by informing the photographer or camera person.

*Language anemia: a condition where individuals lack depth or richness in their language usage.
**Linguistic Resilience: the ability of individuals or communities to adapt, recover, and thrive in the face of linguistic challenges.
***Metalanguages: languages ​​and language structures used to describe/explain other languages