Local youth in grades 2-8 have the unique opportunity to attend a camp at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts with local singer/songwriter Amanda Grace. Grace hails from St. Paul but has called Winona home for many years. She writes and performs acoustic rock, children’s music, gospel music on the piano and guitar. She has released three albums and is working on a new children’s CD called, “Music Makes It Right.”

During the week long Summer Songwriting Showcase with Amanda Grace campers will have the opportunity to work side by side with Grace to create their very own new musical work. Young writers will accompany the new compositions with music, movement and visual displays with support from additional local artists. Campers will enjoy showcasing their song with a live performance for friends and family at the end of the camp.

The Summer Songwriting Showcase will run August 15-19, 9am-Noon. Registration is required, the camp fee is $135 and includes a camp t-shirt and all supplies. Students can register online or in person. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University and a nonprofit organization, offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 18 months and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 10th and Vila streets in Winona. For more information, go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507-453-5500.