news release Summer Camp in Downtown Akron at the Akron Art Museum’s CampCreate
For Release: April 12, 2017
Akron, Ohio—The Akron Art Museum will present two “Extreme Art” day camps in June for children to immerse themselves in the messy, experimental process of art and collaborate with other aspiring artists in one-of-a-kind art “challenges.” CampCreate will host two camp sessions, one from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 for 6 to 8 year-olds, and a second session from Monday, June 26 through Friday June 30 for 9 to 12 year-olds. Campers will spend each day, from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. exploring a range of creative explorations, with a reception for family and friends at the end of each session.
Director of Education Alison Caplan said, “The Camp Create program is about expanding the unique, hands on, minds on experiences that the Akron Art Museum is known for. Getting messy with art supplies in the studio, exploring contemporary art in the galleries and playing games in the Bud and Susie Rogers garden are just some of the experiences that get campers’ creative juices flowing this summer.”
CampCreate’s first session, beginning June 12, is entitled Art Explorers I: Funky Flubber Sculptures and Pop Art Potions and is suitable for ages 6 to 8. Children age 5 are welcome to attend with their caregiver present. The second session of CampCreate begins on June 26 and is entitled Art Explorers II: Art Miner 101 – Gem Digging, Land Altering Excursions. Session 2 is ideal for children ages 9 to 12. Both sessions include high energy creative fun, such as experimental art process Splatter Games, team-building Minute-to-Create-it adventures, gallery hikes with art survival packs, and tall tales in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.
Educator for Early Childhood, Family & Youth Engagement Amanda Crowe said, “Our goals for campers include fearless creativity, enthusiasm for big ideas and working together.”
Beyond having countless opportunities to expand their imaginations with outdoor fun, kids can explore their inner chef, engineer, botanist, artist and other untapped interests.
Crowe added, “Campers can look forward to cooking up their own art recipes from our garden, dabbling in a bit of dirt science, staining with wildflower pigments and screen printing river rocks. Local teaching artists will also be here to share their stories and work collaboratively with the campers on a temporary land art installation which will be unveiled for families to view at the end of the camp week.”
CampCreate is $75 per week for children of museum members and $112 per week for non-member children. Parents are welcome but not required to stay. Register online at AkronArtMuseum.org/eventregistration or call 330-376-9186.
CampCreate is made possible with support from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.