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Summer arts programs for every child

Fall at Wishing Creek, II
Fall at Wishing Creek, II

At this time of the year, the Cabarrus Arts Council gets lots of calls from parents interested in enrolling their children in summer arts activities. I don’t think we’ve ever had as many programs to suggest as we do this year! There are a variety of camps, as well as activities in The Galleries that the arts council operates. I’ll tell you about the ones we’ve received information about in this column. Keep in mind that, except for the activities at The Galleries, these camps have limited enrollment and are likely to fill up quickly. If you are organizing a summer arts program, please send me information and I’ll include it in future blogs. I’ll start with two free opportunities. The Galleries will be displaying what Lin Barnhardt says may turn out to be our best exhibition ever (and it will be really hard to top some of the previous ones), Location, Location, Location. The show centers on depictions of the Tar Heel state’s Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain and includes artwork by five artists who have been named “North Carolina Living Treasures.” It will be on display June 6-July 28. We have two “I Spy” artwork scavenger hunts – one for our youngest visitors and a much more challenging one for adults and older youth -- as well as other educational activities related to the exhibition. Volunteer docents are available to give you a tour. Hours are Monday-Friday and Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Galleries also will be open 6-9 p.m. during the downtown Concord Art Walk on Friday, June 24 – another good opportunity to expose your child to the arts. The Galleries are located at 65 Union Street S in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. Call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org for more information. Some of the artists at Waterworks Studio are organizing a FREE art camp (donations appreciated, of course) for ages 7-15 on Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June 18-August 13. There will be structured and unstructured activities in bookmaking, drawing, origami, storytelling, scavenger hunt, music and photography. The camp will be led by Molly Wilbanks, photographer and writer; Ross Wilbanks, filmmaker and musician; and Hana Blumenfeld, scientist and arts educator with guest artists including D. Thorin Medford, Diana Arvanites and faZe eXile. Waterworks Studio is located at 152 Kerr Street in Concord. Call 520-245-2681 or email MaxedArt@gmail.com for more information or to reserve a space. Acting Up Children’s Theatre will give children the opportunity to sing, dance and act in its three performing arts camps for children in grades K-8 at The Glenn Center, 120 Marsh Avenue in Concord. Campers will experience the excitement of producing a show as they mount a Disney musical over two weeks, culminating with a performance at 6 p.m. on the last day of camp. The June 13-23 camp will produce kids’ versions of The AristoCats; the July 11-21 session, Cinderella; and the August 8-18 program, Annie. Camp hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information or to register, visit www.actingupdrama.com or call 704-699-8642. Mud Slingers Pottery and Glass Studio will encourage children to play in the dirt at its three Clay Camps for ages 7-11. Campers will experiment with a variety of clay hand building techniques while they learn to think about their ideas and apply them to the shape and structure of their creations. Children will make pinch pots, coil pots, small animals and projects with clay slabs. Camps will take place June 20-24, 9-11 a.m.; July 11-15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; and August 1-5, 9-11 a.m. Mud Slingers is located at 3 Union Street S in Concord. For more information, call 704-796-1600 or visit www.mudslingerspotterync.com. Long-time A. L. Brown High School art teacher Brenda Hardin will offer week-long art camps, 9-11:30 a.m., throughout the summer at her studio at 1211 Winecoff School Road in Concord. Children may choose from two camps. In the art camp, they will they will enjoy drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture and crafts or a pottery camp. In the potter camp, children will be taught basic building techniques including pinch, coil, slab, draped and wheel thrown. For more information, call 704-786-8570 or visit www.brendasartstudio.com. Children ages 4 through rising ninth graders will be able to create artwork out of materials that might have been headed to the landfill at the Summer of Green camps at the new Trashed Studio at 38 Union Street S in Concord. There will be camps for rising K-4 June 20-24 and August 8-12, rising 5-9 June 27-July 1, and ages 4-6 July 18-22. Children will learn the importance of repurposing to reduce waste in our environment as they ignite their creativity with themed crafts, such as funky fashion, and activities. For more information, call 704-791-7447 or visit www.trashedstudio.com.

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