summer DAEz have arrived at District Arts and Education! 

Feed your curiosity with these four-week interactive workshops. 

Hands-on, project-based learning in New Haven's hottest tech center.

Small class sizes are free of tuition and fees, and BIG on real world projects and skills.

TOTALLY FREE interactive summer workshops are available for motivated rising juniors and seniors (ages 16+) who are enrolled in New Haven public high schools, as well as 2021 graduates. No experience or technology are necessary.

summer DAEz Sessions Dates and Times | Pick Your Four-Week Session and Workshop Track

  • Session 1:
    July 1, 2, and 6 through July 31 
    | Weekdays | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    • Intentional Websites: Making the Internet Work for You  

    • Digital Storytelling and Content Creation

  • Session 2:
    August 9 through August 28 
    | Weekdays | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    • Intentional Websites: Making the Internet Work for You  

    • Digital Storytelling and Content Creation

  • Chill Out/Community:
    Weekdays during both Sessions 1 and 2 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    workshops, on-campus gym, live music jam sessions, movies, competitive game nights, ping pong and more!


  • Lunch provided daily from New Haven's top local kitchens

Class size is limited — don't delay, register today

Intentional Websites: Making the Internet Work for You

Whether you’re launching a business, creating a portfolio, or want to learn a skill that can lead to future income, this is a great place to start. 

Learn how the internet works and how to create websites for the audiences you want to reach. 

You’ll acquire the skills needed to navigate and implement: 
•    HTML
•    CSS
•    JavaScript
•    Responsive Website Design 
•    Basic Search Engine Optimization

Build and pitch a website that is specifically designed for a client….you!


Digital Storytelling and Content Creation

Explore digital video creation from designing the story through capturing videos, editing and sharing. Connect with people who have made a career of making videos.


Learn about:

  • Storyboarding

  • Camerawork

  • Video & Sound recording and editing

  • Marketing & Sharing Videos

  • Business of Video Making


Start your videographer portfolio and showcase your own 3-minute video designed and shot by you!

DAE upholds an attendance policy for the course time and only considers students who can commit to attending every day of the program.



Who / Why should I register?

DAE seeks motivated students who love to create and learn. This is not a day camp — Summer DAEz is designed to engage students, especially those who might have limited opportunities and resources, in portfolio-building activities.

If you are a serious creator looking to try new things and work hard while having fun, this program is for you!

How can I register?

Complete the registration form and we’ll be in touch. Please note school email addresses should NOT be used to register.

What are the dates/times for the sessions?

  • Session 1:  July 1, 2, and 6 through July 31

  • Session 2: August 9 through August 28

  • The workshops run Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students are welcome, and encouraged, to stay for community activities scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Activities include: on-campus gym, workshops, live music, movies, game nights, ping pong, and more!

Do I have to attend every class?

Yes. Students are expected to attend all days of the summer program session and only students who can commit to the entire summer should apply.

What are the registration deadlines?

ASAP! This is a small program, and early registrations will be given first priority. Students who wish to participate in both sessions must pick a first and second choice.

How is this free?

DAE i​s focused on equipping young people with real life, hands-on experience through creative learning infused with technology. We’ve rallied organizations who align with our mission, and they’ve graciously funded our initiatives. The Summer DAEz program was made possible by the support of AccelerateCT Summer Program Innovation Grant and NHIC. Similar programs cost $2,000+.

Will I need specific equipment or software to participate?

No, we have all the equipment and technology you’ll need right here.

What is the difference between Session 1 and Session 2?

The tracks are the same each session, though minor differences may happen because we’re a project-based team environment.


Are classes in person?

Yes. And daily attendance is required—but with the community and amenities here at District, it won’t feel like an obligation.

Who are the instructors?

You won’t see any formal teachers here, it’s true. Here, we learn best by doing. By challenging ourselves and one another and we have some awesome people to help guide you.

What are the expected outcomes?

You’ll leave our sessions with real portfolio projects, along with knowledge and skills that you can use throughout your life.

Are you following COVID protocols?

Yes! We’re in compliance with CDC and state guidelines.

As an educational space, masks must be worn at all times—even if you are vaccinated. We also have an increased cleaning schedule. Here’s a link to CDC guidelines we’re following. Additional safety protocols will be outlined in the Student Handbook you’ll receive after registering. Feel free to contact us for additional details and questions.

Who is DAE?

We are on a mission to design and deliver programs and experiences that serve as a catalyst for transformation in the lives of individuals and communities that have been historically and systemically under-resourced. Today our post high school full-stack coding and digital arts programs are empowering motivated and talented people, regardless of background, age, experience, or financial ability, to succeed in our connected, content-driven world. Check out our vision and values here.

Where are you located? How can I get to DAE?

We are located in District, NHV’s coolest and most progressive tech space. Our address is 470 James Street, there are several CT Transit bus stops  ½ block from us, and we have plenty of free parking.

What about lunch?
We’ve got you covered and will be catering lunches from some of NHV’s best local kitchens.

How can I obtain credit from my high school?
We are working with NHPS to award credit to the attendees of the four-week program. We will confirm credit availability before the program starts.

Will there be a showcase of projects and work?

Yes, and we promise it will be awesome. We’re scheduling a Saturday  showcase event at the end of each session that will be open to friends and families.

What if I have questions about the application process?

Connect with us via email or phone: | (203) 293-7995.

I have questions not listed here. Who do I contact?

Connect with us via email or phone: | (203) 293-7995. 

As part of DAE's mission to create career training and access for historically and systematically under-resourced communities, these foundational programs are free of tuition and fees. For 2021, this project was made possible by the support of AccelerateCT Summer Program Innovation Grant and the New Haven Innovation Collaborative