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Fifty years ago, the Chatham College Music and Art Day Camp was started as an experiment. Founders Mihail and Kay Stolarevsky hoped to provide training for young musicians of all kinds while allowing others to explore art forms. Since then, more than 20,000 young people have benefited from the couple's dream.
After Mihail passed away in 1974, his wife, Kay Stolarevsky, took over as director. She stepped down in 1991 but stays active in the camp today as an adviser. This summer nearly 300 children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade have flocked to the hilltop campus in Shadyside to dabble in hip-hop, create cartoons or learn the classics on a harp.