LYNX Camp 2023 truly embodied the spirit of the College of Media & Media, the Lynx Leaders, instructors, and of course, the campers, who have always made the annual arts and media summer camps a special experience for young creatives.
All camps were held in-person and we were able to return to the Residential option for our two-week camps. We offered eight different programs were offered this summer–– 2D Animation/Illustration, Audio Production/Ableton Live, Comic Book Character Design, Mural Creation, Photography, Music Industry, Animation & Character Creation, and Filmmaking. We also launched our inaugural Visual Immersive Art camp!
The 2023 LYNX Camps hosted a total of 287 students over 3 Sessions and 9 academic programs. That is an increase from 262 students last summer. We had students from 20 different states and one student from France! LYNX Camp continues to grow in popularity around the country and even the globe!
|Audio Production/Ableton Live
|Comic Book Character Design
|Animation & Character Creation
|Visual Immersive Art
The Comic Book Character Design campers had the opportunity to visit the Emmanuel Gallery (located on the Auraria Campus) and gathered inspiration for their comics. The campers also learned the in's and out's of splash photography and portrait photography. This camp was led by CAM faculty member Lynn Mandziuk alongside teaching assistants Robin Buchanan and Chrys Das.
In order to allow access to all students no matter their economic background, LYNX Camp awards scholarships to families with need. This year the LYNX Camps awarded 153 scholarships (53% of the camp population) plus offered multiple forms of additional discounts. Much of the scholarship money awarded comes from our generous donations and partnerships in the community. This year’s LYNX Camp received around $34,500 from our partner programs and donations. LYNX Camps partner with the following organizations to be sure to reach students who might not normally have access to these types of camps: DPS CareerConnect, Minds Matter, & College Track. This year our largest donors in scholarship funding were the Colorado Film Commission, Denver Arts and Venues, Meow Wolf Convergence Station, and individual Ralph Nagel. Even small donations add up to help us provide scholarships to students!
LYNX Camp consistently receives extremely positive feedback from both students and parents and this year was no different.
94% of parents and 97% of the students stated on the post-camp survey that they have a better impression or the same good impression of the College of Arts & Media after attending the camp.
88% of parents and 92% of students strongly agree or agree that they would recommend LYNX Camp to other high school students.