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Thursday, June 8th, 2017
Art Camp Kicks Off 20th Season This Summer

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS THE ART CENTER’S FREE SUMMER ARTCAMP IS SET TO KICK OFF MONDAY, JUNE 12, THE PROGRAM PROVIDES OVER 5,000CONTACT HOURS IN FREE ART EDUCATION

 

THIS YEAR THE ART CENTER ISCOLLABORATING WITH THE SOUTHWEST SCHOOL, OF ART IN SAN ANTONIO AND WORKING WITHTWO COLLEGE INTERNS FROM THEIR BFA PROGRAM

 

(ROCKPORT, TX) Known as ArtLink to the communityuntil 2016, theprestigious summer art camp has been rebranded to celebrate its 20thyear as ArtSpace: Youth Summer Art Explorations. The summer camp startsMonday, June 12 at Rockport Center for the Arts. Camp participation increased17% last summer, and it served 403 area youth. Education and Camp Director Karen Ernst is aiming for another sizeableincrease for the program’s 20th anniversary.

 

The camp is free for students who attendschool in Aransas County, and $75 for those who attend school outside AransasCounty. All camp sessions last one week and are open to children who will entergrades 1st through 8th in the upcoming fall semester. Registration is still open and spaces are available forall grades in some sessions.

 

New this year, is a collaboration with The Southwest Schoolof Art in San Antonio.  Ernst states, “Weare pleased to be hosting two interns, Melissa Maschke and Juan Zavala-Castro,from The Southwest School of Art’s esteemed Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programto augment our own talented camp staff. 

WhileJuan is a member of the legacy class that began the fall of 2014, Melissa joined the program thefollowing year.  They have already been hard at work infusing their ownartistic expertise into our camp curriculum, designing engaging projects forthis summer’s participants.”  Dean Dupuysaid “Juan and Melissa have an unparalleled opportunity to see behind thescenes workings of putting on a top notch summer art program and to expandtheir educational experience. We are excited about their opportunity and theopportunity to deepen our relationship with Rockport Center for the Arts.”

 

Plans for the collaboration with The Southwest School of Artstarted early in 2016, and the program was put in place in collaboration withthe Founding Dean, Edward Dupuy and the Coordinator of Student Affairs Andrea Zieger.  Besides assisting as summer interns, Maschkeand Zavala-Castro will get a full rounded arts non-profit experience. “Wewanted them to understand the fundraising and event angle that has been a partof our organization for 48 years. 

Bothinterns will become involved in the Children Activities Tent at the RockportArt Festival.”

 

Every year ArtSpace receives support from the NationalEndowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Rockport,The Margaret Sue Rust Foundation, the Nystrom Family Foundation, the CoastalBend Community Foundation and individual donors. The long-standing program isalso supported by its own endowment.  ArtSpace is a rewarding and necessary program inour community. 

This camp provides localchildren with free access to high quality instruction in visual arts, culture,art history and art theory, all of which improves their overall emotionalwellbeing and performance in school,” states Ernst. “Juanand Melissa’s internships are paid and their lodging is completely underwrittenthanks to the generosity of Art Center Patrons Melba and Tom York and RuthDavis” states Luis Purón, Executive Director, who adds, “We are very excitedabout this collaboration- it is a true partnership of institutions withsynergies and two communities that are united through their support andappreciation for the visual arts and education.”