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Hey Miss Ace: Summer Camp Update

As most of you know, I launched my first ever arts summer camp in Charleston, SC! With the love and support of family, friends, community and even strangers–my dreams became a reality.

Hey Miss Ace: Summer Camp Update -- The Palmetto Peaches

What have we done so far?

Summer camp is only 6 days long, but it’s been nothing short of amazing. During week 1, we painted portraits, recited mantras, wrote in our journals and recorded a song. Super casual.

Hey Miss Ace: Arts Summer Camp Update -- The Palmetto Peaches

What’s next for A.C.E Summer Camp?

The kids are heading back to school in less than a month. I’d like to help them start the year off with something, even if it’s a few words of motivation. After that, I’d like to host an arts related event in the fall, and get the ball rolling for an arts after school program. This week we’re learning a dance to our song, visiting an art gallery and shooting a music video. Again, super casual.

Hey Miss Ace: Summer Camp Update -- The Palmetto Peaches

What I’ve learned so far?

Regardless of how ready you think you are, be prepared for the unexpected.

Get ready. Stay ready.

Don’t underestimate the power of strangers.

I received donations from people who have no idea who I was. Although I’m grateful for any donation, it’s humbling to come across people who truly believe in me.

A little bit of support goes a long way.

Regardless if it was a ReTweet or Facebook status like, the support of my community meant the world to me. A.C.E Summer Camp would’ve happened regardless, but the feeling of having a squad behind me gives me so much life!

I can’t pretend like there weren’t a few bumps in the road, but what’s a good success story with one one or two? Needless to say, I’m ready to finish week 2 with a bang. Hopefully the kids will walk away with as many lessons as the adults will.

Hey Miss Ace: Summer Camp Update -- The Palmetto Peaches

Did you ever attend an arts summer camp? What was it like for you?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Ace’s Arts Camp Is Coming To Town

If you read How to Live Your Best Life All Summer 17, you know that launching an arts camp was on my to-do list. Arts Center for Engagement (A.C.E) Summer Camp is a place for children ages 7-13 to celebrate self-love and self-acceptance through the arts.

Ace's Arts Camp Is Coming To Town -- The Palmetto Peaches

With the help of Enough Pie, local artists and businesses — I will bring the kids of Bridgeview Village together through storytelling, song and dance. Bridgeview, my old stomping grounds, is an affordable housing community in the Upper Peninsula of Charleston, SC. I know first-hand that there’s a need for more activities for the youth who live there, especially ones that don’t involve running outside in 100 degree weather. My mission is to change the game by encouraging them through creativity.

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