Summer Programming

Summer Learning Experiences at Holocaust Museum Houston provide a space for young change-makers to engage in the arts, experiential learning, social justice, community service, and advocacy during the summer months. Students will work with local artists and educators to learn, to create, and to inspire the community with their voices and their work.  

Specific information about daily program hours, before and after program care, and cost can be found on the registration pages. A limited number of scholarships are available for 2020 and will be given on first-come-first-served basis. For more information on scholarships, contact the Summer Learning Experiences Manager.

Contact Us
Alyssa Weinstein-Sears
Summer Learning Experiences Manager
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004 


Photography and Social Justice
(Grades 8-12)
July 6 – 10, 2020
July 13 – 17, 2020

The Photography and Social Justice Experience will teach students basic photography skills, the art of creating a photography project and exhibit, and will use examples of photojournalism and human rights exhibits created through photography to inspire participants to use their lens to change the world. Students will participate in fieldwork, offsite, as well as service projects as part of this Experience. Students will have an exhibit showing at the end of their program where they will present their individual photography projects tacking a human rights or social justice issue that is meaningful to them.


Do Something!: Community Service Project
(Grades 6-12)
July 20 – 24, 2020

Houston is our community; therefore, we have a responsibility to maintain it. This program is designed for all middle and high school students who are interested in community service work, or who need community service hours for their transcript. Over the course of this 5-day program, students will participate in various organized service projects around the city of Houston and will receive a certificate for their hours of completion.


Model United Nations
(Grades 6-12)
July 27 – 31, 2020

Providing a deeper understanding of multilateral diplomacy, strengthening negotiating and leadership skills, and improving their ability to anticipate evolving scenarios of complex issues. As in all MUN programs, our participants are required to present as real UN delegates partaking in sessions of various UN committees. Each participant in a committee represents a different country. The delegate must work, faithfully respecting the assigned country’s standpoint, to obtain the approval of documents that favor the assigned country and the collective interest.

Students will tour the museum, learn about contemporary genocides, research current genocides, examine the UN definition on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and will hold sessions to evaluate, update, and enforce the Convention, as understood through its definition. An emergency session of the UN will be presented as their culminating project.


Creative Concepts: Powerful Poetry and Abstract Art Workshop
(Grades 6-12)
August 3 – 7, 2020

Creative Concepts calls on anyone who loves to write, paint, draw, create! In this program, participants will engage in writing workshops, Upstander programming, and will participate in art clinics that will lead to the creation of several poetry and abstract art creations that represent a social justice issue of their choosing. Their work will be presented in an end-of-experience showcase, and exhibit of their work.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I have to pick my child up?

We provide before and after camp care for an additional $20 per day. Your child can arrive at camp as early as 7:30 am and must be picked up by 5:30 pm if they are staying late. Regular camp hours are from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

What time can my child arrive in the morning?

We provide before and after camp care for an additional $20 per day. Your child can arrive at camp as early as 7:30 am and must be picked up by 5:30 pm if they are staying late. Regular camp hours are from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

How will my child spend their day at the museum?

Your child will be engaged in a dynamic curriculum created by the Museum Staff and the Experience Leaders. They will participate in team building, hands-on learning, and art-creation, to prepare them for their showcases.

Will my child be required to look at graphic photos from the Holocaust?

Depending on the age of the group, fellows will be asked to tour different galleries in the Museum. The Museum content is carefully curated for a diverse audience, and the Experiences staff will be monitoring the group, and their exposure to graphic content, carefully. If at any time, a student is uncomfortable, they are welcome to quietly step away from the group.

Can my child participate in more than one Summer Learning Experience?

Absolutely! We encourage our fellows to engage is as many creative programs as they like. Our goal is to help young people explore their creative passion in a safe and educational way.

How much time will my child spend outside?

On any given day, students could be working on their projects outside, walking to another museum with their group, or getting some fresh air in the amphitheater. We recommend that you send your child with a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat, just in case.

What should my child bring with them to the museum, each day?

Summer Learning Experience days are long and intense. Students should bring water, first and foremost. We recommend fellows bring a book or cards with them for group or individual play during downtime. They will need to arrive in clothes that allow for free movement, and we recommend a sweatshirt, as it does get cold in the building. Additionally, tennis shoes are recommended, as students will be moving around a lot, and in many cases walking in the Museum District. For a program- packing list, please see your registration email. Most supplies are included.

Who do I contact if I have a question about the program?

For any questions about the Summer Learning Experiences at Holocaust Museum Houston, please contact Alyssa Weinstein-Sears at aweinstein@hmh.org or 713-527-1633.