Chatfield welcomes the return of the Songs of Hope performing arts camp choir on Wednesday, July 16, at the Chatfield Center for the Arts. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and admission to the concert is by free-will donation.

The concert is the culmination of a six-week, overnight performing arts summer camp in St. Paul, for kids age 10 and older from around the world.

Each summer, a select group of 50 children and young adults venture to Minnesota from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the U.S. They arrive as strangers, but soon find themselves embraced in a closely-knit, supportive community as they learn popular songs and dances from each other’s cultures. Then, they take these songs of peace, love, and respect into neighboring communities in a joyous celebration of cultural unity, delighting their audiences along the way.

This year’s entourage includes a showcase of more than 50 performers from Vietnam, China, India, Serbia, Albania, Italy, Greece, Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico and the U.S.

Songs of Hope’s concert tour is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, log onto the Chatfield Center for the Arts website at www.cfa.com, or onto the Songs of Hope website at www.soundsofhope.org.