Mas Camp Learning and performing Caribbean Carnival traditions

The “Blue Masqueraders” section of the Exotic One’s march in the parade, 2019

Mas Camp: Carnival Costumes Summer Youth Employment Program is a partnership between the Exotic One’s Band and the Connecticut Historical Society’s Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program. During Mas Camp, students will learn the history and culture of Caribbean Carnival, create their own Carnival costume, learn authentic Caribbean cultural dance, and also learn important professional job skills while receiving a paycheck. 

In the past, Mas Camp has operated in person at a fixed location. Keeping with the times, in 2020 the program will be done virtually using Google Classroom, combining virtual meetings and limited in-person learning. 

All materials and supplies will be provided to participants for the construction of their costume. Supplies pickup will be held at CHS, at a time to be determined. 

The costume pattern and instructions as well as dance choreography will be taught virtually. Daily work progress check-ins will be required. There will be ample opportunities to communicate with fellow Exotic One’s Band section members and Mas Camp instructors, as well as weekly special instructors from around the world.

In August, participants should be prepared for limited in-person gatherings at the Connecticut Historical Society, adhering to statewide guidance at that time. 

2020 Camp Schedule

Mas Camp will run from July 6 through August 7th, 2020, Monday through Friday, 2:00pm-6:00pm. A curriculum overview will be provided and will be adjusted as Camp progresses. 

Application deadlineJune 19, 2020
Interviews (virtual)June 22-26, 2020
Program beginsJuly 6, 2020
Program endsAugust 7, 2020

Apply Here

Interested students should apply online HERE. Please note that all applicants must log into the application with a Gmail address. If you do not have one, you can create one at login.

For Program Participants

Program participants will have to complete the following paperwork as part of the program:

Parent/Guardian Consent FormRequired for all participants under 18
Media Release FormRequired for all participants; parental signature required for participants under 18
W9; Contract with the Connecticut Historical SocietyRequired for students to be paid
Note: this is taxable income
Google Classroom Etiquette & Conduct FormRequired


Mas Camp: Carnival Costumes Summer Youth Employment Program is made possible through support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Ensworth Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD, and the Connecticut Historical Society.

More about Mas Camp

Please visit here to learn more about the origins of this program and how it has evolved over time.

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