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About Adirondack Expressions

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts (PNC), in collaboration with Transitions, a supportive Apprenticeship program for young men and women with learning differences, is the proud home of Adirondack Expressions, a summer art camp for young adults aged 15 - 27 with learning differences who love art and want to spend a week creating in the beautiful Adirondack mountains. Each summer, there are three one-week sessions where campers can expect to work on fun and educational art projects with experienced artists for teachers. Adirondack Expressions Camp is a sleep away camp, but there is a day rate for students who either can’t or don’t want to stay in dorms, which is perfect for those who are in the area on vacation with their families.

Adirondack Expressions Camp projects, activities and social events promote creativity, individual talent, choice, social interaction and self-worth. The Sunday to Friday camp sessions include housing in local supervised apartments, meals, activities and art classes at the Paul Nigra Center.  Campers – capped at 20 per session – take two classes per day in topics such as painting, paper crafts, woodworking and photography. The rest of their days are rounded out with fun social activities. A typical day at Adirondack Expressions Camp looks like this:

9:00am Breakfast at FMCC
10:00am Head to PNC
10:30am Morning Gathering
11:00am Morning Class
1:00pm Lunch at PNC cafe
2:00pm Afternoon Class
4:00pm Afternoon Reflections/Group Activity
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm R&R
8:00pm Group Activity
                                                                          10:00pm Lights Out

The goal of Adirondack Expressions Camp is to immerse students in as many art forms as possible in a beautiful, fun and safe environment. At the end of the week, there is an exhibition where parents, friends and family can come and see the fruits of the week’s labor.

Adirondack Expressions Camp aims to inspire a lifelong passion for the arts and is open to all who want to cultivate their creativity, regardless of ability. If you are looking for enriching activities to fill your child’s summer break, then Adirondack Expressions Camp may be just what you – and they – need.

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July 14 – 20 (Click here to see the daily schedule)
August 4 – 10


$1,200* per week
includes room and board

$595* per week
day rate (9AM - 5PM per day)

*additional fees may be charged for special activities

Room and board is included in the cost of admission for the Adirondack Expressions Art Camp. Campers will stay in supervised local apartments. Basic furnishings and amenities such as Internet, cable TV and on-site laundry facilities are provided.

Personal safety and security is a basic element of Adirondack Expressions. The safety of every camper is of utmost importance, and each is provided with access to counseling, medical and staff supports via a comprehensive network of on-call professionals that are available 24 hours a day. The dorms are equipped with fire and personal safety equipment such as fire and smoke alarms, detailed evacuation plans, and emergency procedures and contact instructions.

The average staff to camper ratio is 2:1. Staff are available 24 hours a day to provide guidance and support as needed. From 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., staff assist with reminders for medication, self-care and other daily living activities. During the overnight hours of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., staff are also always available.


The 2018 class and workshop listing will be available soon. In the meantime, click here for to see the exciting classes and workshops we offered last summer!




Click here to meet our talented staff and faculty.




For more information, call (518) 661-9932 or fill out the contact form below.

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