Summer Programming

In alignment with American Camp Association’s vision to enrich lives and change the world, Summer Learning Experiences will provide a space for students to engage in the arts, experiential learning, social justice, and advocacy during the summer. Students will work with local artists and educators to learn, to create, and to inspire the community through performance, presentation, and showcase.

The Summer Learning Experiences will be week-long experiences from July 8th- August 9th, 2019. For more information on dates, please see the individual program descriptions.

Contact Us
Alyssa Weinstein-Sears
Summer Learning Experiences Manager
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004 


Photography and Social Justice
(8-12 Grades)
July 8-13, 2019
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The Photography and Social Justice Experience will teach students basic photography skills, the art of creating a photography project and exhibit, and will use examples of photojournalism and human rights exhibits created through photography to inspire participants to use their lens to change the world. Students will have an exhibit showing at the end of their program where they will present their individual photography projects tacking a human rights or social justice issue that is meaningful to them.


Model United Nations
(6-12 Grades)
July 15-19, 2019
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All MUN programs have common goals:
Providing a deeper understanding of multilateral diplomacy, strengthening negotiating and leadership skills, and improving their ability to anticipate evolving scenarios of complex issues. As in all MUN meetings, our participants are required to act like real UN delegates partaking in sessions of various UN committees. Each participant in a committee represents a different country. The delegate must work, faithfully respecting the assigned country’s standpoint, to obtain the approval of documents that favor the assigned country and the collective interest. Students will tour the museum, learn about contemporary genocides, research current genocides, examine the UN definition on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and will hold sessions to evaluate, update, and enforce the Convention, as understood through its definition. A model UN Session will be presented as their culminating project.


Sheroes and Heroes: Performing Arts and Personal Narratives
(6-12 Grades)
July 22 - August 3, 2019
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Survivor narratives are not only incredibly powerful but are deeply fundamental to the study of the Holocaust and other genocides. Students will read and listen to survivor stories and tour the museum exhibits. Then they will work with their experience learner to write a monologue, skit, musical, or dance reflection on that they have learned. Through their interpretation, they will demonstrate their reactions to what they have learned, the hardships of survival, the stories of hope, and the people whom they have heard. They will then host a showcase, in the museum amphitheater, open to the public, of their work.


Creative Concepts: Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Book
(4-8 Grades)
August 5-9, 2019
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Students will begin their program by learning about and participating in our All Behaviors Count program. They will also participate in a Building My Universe of Obligation workshop. They will engage in several teambuilding activities, creative writing workshops, and spend time reading books that perpetuate the narrative of inclusivity, respect, and upstander actions. Then, students will be asked to write and illustrate their own story. Students will leave the program with a written and illustrated hardcover book, of their design. They will learn how to follow a story arc, write their biography, they will take a headshot, and will create their characters. Their culminating experience will be an open mic reading event of their work for parents and the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I have to pick my child up?

We provide before and after camp care for an additional $20 per day. Your child can arrive at camp as early as 7:30 am and must be picked up by 5:30 pm if they are staying late. Regular camp hours are from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

What time can my child arrive in the morning?

We provide before and after camp care for an additional $20 per day. Your child can arrive at camp as early as 7:30 am and must be picked up by 5:30 pm if they are staying late. Regular camp hours are from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

How will my child spend their day at the museum?

Your child will be engaged in a dynamic curriculum created by the Museum Staff and the Experience Leaders. They will participate in team building, hands-on learning, and art-creation, to prepare them for their showcases.

Will my child be required to look at graphic photos from the Holocaust?

Depending on the age of the group, fellows will be asked to tour different galleries in the Museum. The Museum content is carefully curated for a diverse audience, and the Experiences staff will be monitoring the group, and their exposure to graphic content, carefully. If at any time, a student is uncomfortable, they are welcome to quietly step away from the group.

Can my child participate in more than one Summer Learning Experience?

Absolutely! We encourage our fellows to engage is as many creative programs as they like. Our goal is to help young people explore their creative passion in a safe and educational way.

How much time will my child spend outside?

On any given day, students could be working on their projects outside, walking to another museum with their group, or getting some fresh air in the amphitheater. We recommend that you send your child with a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat, just in case.

What should my child bring with them to the museum, each day?

Summer Learning Experience days are long and intense. Students should bring water, first and foremost. We recommend fellows bring a book or cards with them for group or individual play during downtime. They will need to arrive in clothes that allow for free movement, and we recommend a sweatshirt, as it does get cold in the building. Additionally, tennis shoes are recommended, as students will be moving around a lot, and in many cases walking in the Museum District. For a program- packing list, please see your registration email. Most supplies are included.

Who do I contact if I have a question about the program?

For any questions about the Summer Learning Experiences at Holocaust Museum Houston, please contact Alyssa Weinstein-Sears at aweinstein@hmh.org or 713-527-1633.