Transitions and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts Announce Adirondack Expressions Art Camp

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Weeklong summer camp will allow young adults with learning differences, including autism spectrum disorders, to enjoy outdoor and social activities as well as art classes.

Transitions, a supportive college and career apprenticeship program for young adults with learning differences, and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will partner this summer to present the Adirondack Expressions Art Camp. The camp is open to young adults ages 16 to 27 who have learning differences.

The weeklong sleepover camp will take place in eight sessions this June, July and August at the Paul Nigra Center. Up to 20 campers per session will participate in outdoor and social activities as well as take two art classes per day. Topics include drawing, painting, photography, woodworking, paper arts, writing, printmaking, cooking and more.

All classes will be taught by experienced artists, including: Jonathan Swartwout, a renowned Johnstown oil painter, furniture maker and owner of Fisher of the Berry Studio; Erin Kelly, a Johnstown artist who works with photography, printmaking, found objects, installation, video and bookmaking; Susy Easterly, a Gloversville carpenter, designer, furniture maker and owner of Easterly Woodwork and Design; Alexandra Higgins, an interior designer, sculptor and oil painter; Jessica Lewandowski, an art teacher at Amsterdam High School, art therapist and metalsmith who teaches fine arts, printmaking, ceramics and bookmaking; and members of Flame, a talented 11-piece band composed entirely of individuals who have disabilities.

There is a day rate in addition to the regular overnight rate for students who prefer not to stay in the dorms, which are provided by Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Meals, activities and classes are all included in the fees. At the end of the week, the camp will host an exhibition for parents, friends and family to come see what campers have created during the week.

For more information and to sign up, please visit or call 518-775-5384.

About Transitions

Transitions is a supportive Apprenticeship for young men and women with autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, visual or hearing impairments, medical conditions and other learning differences who want to attend college and/or prepare for a career, but may require academic, social, medical and/or emotional support.

The Transitions program’s curriculum focuses on building academic, employment, life and general independence skills. Both full-year College and Career Apprenticeship programs are offered, as well as a three-week Summer Immersion Experience. Visit for more information.

About the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, a beautiful, year-round arts center which will open to the community in September 2015, houses premium art venues, hosts fun family events and provides educational opportunities for persons of all ages and levels of ability. The Paul Nigra Center was founded by Lexington, an accredited, award-winning provider of disability services in New York State and was named in memory of its former executive director. For more information, visit

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