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Welcome to Usdan Online: Usdan's first online arts education program.

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.

Check out our YouTube channel for a closer look into the online studios. 



Upcoming Community Events

You can view all upcoming community events on our Calendar here


Past Community Events

Usdan Happy Hours

Wednesday, August 19

On Wednesday, August 19, our community gathered for an afternoon of Usdan-love, creativity, and festivity. 

To read more about Usdan Happy Hours and watch the full video, visit here

Under the Lights:
A One Night Only Virtual Event to Support Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

Wednesday, June 17

The people who make up Usdan - our campers and their families, staff, faculty, board members, and supporters – are the heart of our campus and while we may be apart we can still stay connected. Now more than ever, we were grateful for the chance to gather, albeit virtually, for an evening of entertainment and inspiration. This year's theme, “Under the Lights,” highlighted one of the most fundamental forms of artistic expression, theater, and reminded us that even with the limitations of coronavirus, the show must go on.

The program will featured student and alumni performances as well as an awards presentation honoring Usdan alum and Broadway notable Seth Rudetsky, and local theater leader Ruthie Pincus of Stage the Change.

Funds raised will help us sustain many of our core needs, including scholarships and the restoration of the Lemberg Theater, a staple of Usdan’s campus.

  • You can view a recording of the live event here

Virtual Family Gathering & Performance

Saturday, June 6

Usdan students and parents joined us at our first virtual family gathering. Students asked Usdan Executive Director, Lauren Brandt Schloss, questions and expressed their thoughts. After the Q&A, composer and violinist Colin Jacobsen, and dancer and costume designer Maile Okamura will share a performance piece made just for Usdan, and discuss what it means to be quarantined at home as a creative family.

  • Watch the performance piece here

Webinars with Dr. Robin F Goodman 

Over the summer months, we offered three webinars for parents and caregivers with child psychologist and art therapist Dr. Robin F. Goodman. Please feel free to download Dr. Goodman's presentation decks below. 



Since announcing the cancellation of our 2020 in-person program, Usdan's Executive Director, Lauren Brandt Schloss, has shared weekly thought pieces, or "musings", with the community. 

#1 Lauren's Musing

#2 Focus on the Love

#3 Dinner

#4 Dare we?

#5 Earth Week Musing Part I: Our Children's Crisis

#6 Earth Week Musing Part II: Our Children's Crisis

#7 A Safe Space to Create

#8 Time

#9 Zoom Shiva

#10 Time to Play

#11 Black Lives Matter

#12 Protest Art

#13 Marking the Transition

#14 The Spring that Disrupted the Future

#15 Can Art Education Change the World?

#16 Emerging with Wings

#17 Waking Up the Senses

#18 A Year Ago

#19 In Dialogue with Your School Leaders

#20 What Mile is This?

#21 Lessons Learned this Summer

#22 Thank You, Sir Ken

#23 Looking with Curiosity



Inspiring U is a collection of creative content and resources to help our community stay creatively engaged. The collection brings together all the things we love about a Usdan summer: the arts, nature, friendship, and live performance, to help us find joy, and to further our mission to instill in young people the desire and drive to creatively contribute to the world now and for the rest of their lives and to enhance and fortify our community.

We've included borrowed, original, and archival content covering Usdan's departments of Art, Chess, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Nature & Sustainability, and Theater.

Here, we will offer ways to create meaningful connections with art, no matter where you are. 

Visit the Inspiring U website HERE



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