Hi everyone, we are now accepting registrations for our two mural art summer camps. I am sharing the news release here so you have all of the information. Please encourage any teenagers you know to sign up. We think this is going to be a very interesting and potentially therapeutic project, so we want to reach out and fill the classes. Please help. Here’s the media release:
ArtsAltoona is finally ready to fill their new home at the facilities formerly owned by the Simpson-Temple United Parish with lots of color this Summer. After many cancellations and delays, brought on by COVID-19, ArtsAltoona has continued to work collectively these past few months and was able to salvage and reschedule several of their summer and early fall events.
The first summer camp, titled My Corona – Living History Mural Project, is scheduled from Tuesday, July 7 through July 17 at the R.K. Agarwal M.D. & Family Teen Center, 1701 Sixth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
A second summer camp titled My Corona2 – Living History Mural Project will be held beginning Monday, July 20 through July 30 at the ArtsAltoona Center Education Building located at 2212 Sixth Avenue, Altoona PA 16602 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Both camps are recommended for students ages 12+ and are free to attend. Funding for these camps has been provided by the Altoona Area School District Foundation and the United Way of Blair County. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be followed, including wearing of masks, social distancing and disinfecting.
These two-week summer art camp experiences aim to provide a creative building block for impressionable youth by engaging them in the creation of a living history mural. The process will provide the opportunity for participants to express through art their feelings about social isolation, loss of in-school time, and their overall life experiences (positive and negative) during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
Art as therapy can be an effective tool in the healing process. Students participating in this program will work collaboratively with the instructor, volunteers, and counselors (mentor team) and each other to express their feelings about what they experienced during the pandemic. The mentor team will direct them to think critically about how to visually portray their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. The result of this collaborative effort will be a public work of art that reflects the creativity, confidence, and problem-solving skills of its creators.
For more information and to register for these camps please visit www.artsaltoona.org and click on the summer camp registration link or call (814) 201-7004.
Please help spread the word.