Juan de Fuca Discovery Arts Camp

2018 Theme:  Pandora’s Box

Located at Jefferson Elementary School,  JFFA will be offering its week-long creative arts day camp from Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3, 2018 for ages 7 to 12.   The camp runs from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm each day.  Once again the curriculum will integrate drama, creative movement, and visual arts around a theme.  

This year’s theme is a week long exploration of Story Telling, Art and Dance built loosely around the Myth of Pandora and her Magical Box.  Children will use their creativity, imagination and self-expression to create a modern day version of a century old Myth.  Together we will explore childhood emotions and foibles to tell our stories with dance, movement, masks and puppetry. 

On Friday (August 3) the campers will put on a great show for their parents, siblings, friends and neighbors — highlighting what they’ve learned and created.  A slide show from last year’s  Friday show is posted below.

This fun and creative program is led by our wonderful Camp Directors Cathy Haight (art), Sarah Tucker (drama) and Anna Pederson (movement). Please read their biographies below!

Enjoy the slide show from the 2018 camp.


Anna began dancing at the age of 3 in Exeter, CA where she studied in ballet, tap and jazz. Since moving to Port Angeles, WA in 2011 she has choreographed 7 musicals such as White Christmas,  Titanic,  A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls and Forbidden Broadway for many of the theaters and performing arts groups on the Peninsula.  She has taught for Hamilton Elementary Arts Club, the Olympic Peninsula YMCA Summer Youth Programs and has been a long-time instructor for the Juan de Fuca Discovery Arts Camp. She has also offered a variety of adult and child dance classes and private lessons in the community. She has taught for Forte’ After School Clubs where she designed a Creative Dance curriculum that will take students through each element of dance. Anna has a passion for introducing the beauty of movement to dancers of all ages and artistic backgrounds.  

Sarah Tucker enjoys helping to craft fun and creative environments where the arts and kids mix together and thrive. Currently running the Forte’ After School Clubs for ages 7-12 at the Campfire Clubhouse in Jessie Webster Woods in Port Angeles, and director of the Children’s Program for the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, she’s been onstage as an actress with The Ballet Workshop and was instrumental in bringing the first Shakespeare in Webster Woods to the meadow in the sculpture park of The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. Sarah has taught drama classes for the Fine Arts Center and has appeared in musicals and shows at the Little Theater at Peninsula College as well as The Port Angeles Community Playhouse. She directed, produced and performed in many productions at The Alle’ Stage at Studio Bob and is a long time instructor for Juan de Fuca Discovery Arts Camp.

VISUAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR, CATHY HAIGHT, a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, ran a design office for 20 years. She then left the business and transitioned to teaching art for K-8th grade at the Carden School of Fountain Valley.  While there she produced and art directed costuming and sets for the children’s production of “Wizard of Oz” and “Music Man”.  She art directed sets and costuming for the Huntington Beach Children’s Theater production of “Christmas In Oz”and delivered independent drawing courses before moving to Port Angeles in 2007.  Cathy has been with the YMCA for six years and is currently the Activities Director and art instructor for the YMCA program “After the Bell”. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors of the Juan de Fuca Foundation. She is a founding member of the Port Angeles Arts Council, where she is a coordinator for the Young @Arts program.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We are looking for volunteers to help with our summer camps.  Call the JFFA office at 360-457-5411 if you’d like to volunteer during the camp.