Yuletide Gras!

Upturn Arts offered the first annual Yuletide Gras – a week-long arts camp to prepare for Mardi Gras 2017!

Special guest, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr., sponsored by Positive Vibrations Foundation, will bring the traditions of the Mardi Grad Indians, including beading and drumming, to Upturn Arts young artists. In addition, parade dancing krewes – The Nola Cherry BombsDisco Amigos, and Gris Gris Strut will teach choreography specific to each krewe’s parade repertoire each day and the New Orleans Creole Belle Baby Dolls will help craft a Mardi Gras-themed stocking stuffer.

Throw me sumthin’, Santa!!



Camp runs daily from 9:00am-4:00pm.

The cost for the full week is $300.

The one week session may also be attended as a daily drop-in, for a fee of $65 per day. Daily drop-in registration will open on Saturday, November 26.

Before and after care is available at $50 for the week or $12 per day.

Camp is for young artists in 1st grade and up!

Scholarships will be awarded on a case-by-case basis after December 1, 2016. A deposit of $30 is needed at registration to secure a spot. Please email Alli at alli@upturnarts.org to apply. Any registrants with an outstanding balance will not be eligible for scholarships in the future unless this balance is settled.


Time Activity
9:00-9:15 Arrival
9:15-10:315 Yoga
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Theatre
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:15 Recess
12:15-1:15 Beading
1:15-2:15 Music
2:15-2:30 Snack
2:30-3:30 Dance Krewe
3:30-3:45 Clean Up
3:45-4:00 Dismissal

*Schedule is subject to change.


Please bring:

  • Comfortable appropriate clothing (shorts underneath dresses)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Healthy snack

Please do NOT bring:

  • Juice, soda, or junk food
  • Electronics – tablets, cell phones, iPods


All registrations will be subject to a $5 processing fee. Registrations cancelled more than one week prior to the camp starting, with or without prior payment, will be subject to a cancellation fee of $50 plus processing fees. Accounts will be refunded in full less the processing and cancellation fee up to one week before the camp begins. Registrations cancelled less than one week before the camp will be refunded 50% of the payment, less the processing and cancellation fee.