Everywhere you looked on campus this summer, a young scribe, thespian, painter or sculptor was liable to look back at you.
The College hosted the second Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists, known as BLUR, attracting 30 high school writers, actors and visual artists from all over the country.
Meanwhile, Endstation Theatre Company, a theater troupe in residence at Sweet Briar, added an extra month for the fifth season of its Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival, with a second outdoor Shakespeare production. BLUR students were able to work with the festival, as did the University of Virginia’s renowned Young Writers Workshop, which took place at Sweet Briar for the first time. The five-week camp brought in nearly 200 high school students interested in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and song- and scriptwriting.
Both art camps also engaged with Endstation’s Playwrights Initiative through workshops and readings and attended several performances. In addition, they visited the neighboring Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where practicing artists-in-residence of all genres shared their experience with the youngsters. Even the June 29 derecho that cut some sessions short couldn’t suppress the vibe brought about by this confluence of eager young talent, veteran teachers and dynamic artists, all brimming with excitement for their crafts.