four young ladies hugging and smiling at the camera in Usdan's Amphitheater

We believe

art making is friend making.

A young theater girl with raised hands on stage in front of an audience

We Believe

art making is brave making.

Young dancer in the wings of the stage ready to make her entrance

We Believe

art making is freedom making.

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We Believe

art making is future making.


Summer Arts Camp on Long Island

Since 1968, Usdan has brought exceptional teachers and visiting artists—actors, directors, playwrights, painters, sculptors, musicians, composers, dancers, poets and novelists—to teach and collaborate with our campers ages 5 to 18. Usdan is set on an idyllic 140-acre woodland campus on Long Island, dotted with open-air studios and performance spaces designed to inspire creativity, collaboration, and experimentation. Campers choose to focus in one or multiple of our seven Departments of Art, Chess, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Nature & Sustainability, and Theater. The Usdan experience is unique among arts summer camps around Long Island and NYC, as it brings together the rigor of artistic practice and the playfulness of a classic summer camp, with places to swim, play sports, and practice yoga and archery. It is no surprise that many campers choose to return year after year to continue their creative journeys in Usdan’s safe and welcoming environment.

Many of our alumni will go on to become professional actors, singers, dancers, conductors, and producers. Others will become professional arts educators. What nearly all of our 40,000 alumni tell us is that Usdan shaped them no matter what career they ultimately pursue. As we say at Usdan, "Lose yourself for a summer. Find yourself for a lifetime." 


Usdan Online is a fun and dynamic virtual space for young artists to connect, be creative, and learn something new. The program provides excellent arts instruction across all art forms through our talented artist educators.


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