arts center for engagement

Issa Music Video: Featuring The Bridgeview Babies

We’ve all lip-synced for our lives pretending to be in a music video, but the Bridgeview Babies did the real deal! If you didn’t know — I hosted an arts summer camp for about 15 kids in Bridgeview Village, and apartment complex I lived in over 10 years ago. Our final project was to shoot a music video featuring a song we wrote, and dance we learned.

Issa Music Video -- The Palmetto Peaches

The title “I Am” came from a list of affirmations we said together as a class every morning. My mission for the Arts Center of Engagement (A.C.E) summer camp, was to encourage self-love and acceptance through the arts. In addition to signs with quotes from Kid President, the motivational words prepped the squad for a great day! Right before dancing it out, the campers would say the following affirmations:

I am…

STRONG

SPECIAL

brave

Thankful

Kind

Wise

Sometimes they even added extra affirmations like, “I am beautiful”, and “I am unique”, but you’ll hear which ones meant the most to the campers in the song! Check it out below, and share it with all the kiddos you know!

“I Am” Music Video featuring the Bridgeview Babies

What do you think about our music video? Will you sing these mantras every morning to start the day?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

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