Arts Partners Summer Camps

The Kentucky Arts Council provides operating support to many nonprofit arts organizations in the Commonwealth. Below is a listing of summer camps hosted by these Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations.

Boyle County

Community Arts Center
401 W. Main St.
Danville, KY 40422
www.communityartscenter.net

June 8 – 12
9 a.m. – noon
Ages: K – 2nd grades
Fee: $85

June 8 – 12
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 3rd – 5th grades
Fee: $85

Arts Exploration Camp – Kick-start your children’s creativity at the beginning of summer break at this fun, inventive and engaging program, your young artist can paint, play, sculpt, dance and enjoy a variety of art activities. They’ll discover talents and interests they never knew they had!

June 22 – 26
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 12th grades
Fee: $120

Teen Art Camp – Do you have an aspiring artist ready to go to the next level? Is your teen a dabbler who is interested in trying something new? Teens will work closely with local artists to delve deep into different artistic mediums and techniques each day.


Daviess County

Owensboro Dance Theatre
2705 Breckenridge St.
Owensboro, KY 42303
www.owensborodancetheatre.org

July 6 – 10
9 a.m. – noon
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 3 – 7 years, 8 – 11 years
Fee: $125

July 13 – 17
9 a.m. – noon
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 3 – 7 years, 8 – 11 years
Fee: $125

Wiggle, giggle and pretend to be princesses and heroes. – Students will get a taste of the arts with movement and dance, drama, costuming, make up and a performance. There will be videos on dance, creative play, crafts, healthy snacks and a parade followed by the Royal Performance.

Wiggle, giggle and pretend – spa la la. Students will get the above plus manicures, pedicures and facials.


Fayette County

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507
www.carnegiecenterlex.org

July 13 – 17
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Want to get an up close look at the criminal process? Learn how a case develops from start to finish. See if you are ready for a real-life “Law & Order” In this court-themed camp, you will learn facts about a case on Monday, and by the end of the week, you will try the case in court in front of your family and friends. Along the way, you will see real-life local courts in action.

July 13 – 17
1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Launch your future as a leader now! Whether your future is owning your own business, working for a company or a nonprofit organization, or being the member of a sports team, you will need leadership skills to work with others and make a difference! Learn to lead by developing strategies to build community and reduce conflict through hands-on experiences and targeted games. At the end of the week, campers will test out their leadership abilities and team-building skills they can use in real-life community situations.

July 20 – 24
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Do you want to take your love of science-fiction, fantasy or superheroes to the next level by writing and illustrating your own story? We will look at examples of visual storytelling, like illustrated books, graphic novels and comics for inspiration before creating our own characters’ and stories. We will learn how to make an engaging plot for our characters, journey, then we will sketch out the environments and locations they will inhabit. By the end of the week, you will create your own two- to four-page comic to show off to family and friends.

July 20 – 24
1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Do you dream of cooking delicious food for yourself, your friends and family? We will begin by learning basic cooking terms and methods. We will then explore how we can be more mindful in our food choice, food handling and our general method of cooking. This fun and engaging camp will open your mind and excite you about being independent in the kitchen. By the end of the week, you will help cook a multicourse meal.

July 27 – 31
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Do you dream of being on television? Maybe even behind the lens? We will learn everything that goes into creating a daily news show by being reporters, script writers and videographers. We will take a trip to a local news station for a behind-the-scenes look. Over the course of the week, we will create our own news show.

July 27 – 31
1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 8th grades
Fee: $75

Fun, fast-paced theater camp. It is designed to unlock the storyteller in every student through the production of a play based on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, but told in a uniquely Kentucky way. We will even create our own fantastic costumes and sets based on what we have discovered. At the end of the week, we will invite our friends and family to a performance showcasing our skills as Kentucky storytellers.

Explorium of Lexington
440 West Short St.
Lexington, KY 40507
www.explorium.com

June 1 – Aug. 7 (Weekly)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., half- and full-day sessions
Ages: Pre-K – 5th grade
Fee: Varies (Highest cost is $215 per week)

Weekly themes include topics on dinosaurs, physics, chemistry, engineering, role models, art, magic, the human body and space.

Lexington Ballet Company
161 N. Mill St.
Lexington, KY 40507
www.lexingtonballet.org

June 8 – 26 (Monday – Friday)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 18 years
Fee: $130 – $300 per week

Junior Program offers a half-day program for students ages 7-10. Begin the morning with a stretching and warm up class. Each day includes ballet technique and repertoire/contemporary classes.

Advanced Program is a full-day schedule for intermediate/advanced students and professionals. Classes include Ballet Technique and Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Conditioning, and Contemporary/Choreography. A typical day will have two morning classes, a lunch break and two afternoon classes.

June 8 – 26 (Monday – Friday)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages: 11 years and up
Fee: $300 per week

Summer Intensive is a one-, two-, or three-week comprehensive program for students and professionals. Focus is on classical ballet technique and complementary dance and fitness to challenge each student’s potential. Led by school director Nancy Dominguez, the summer intensive provides exemplary instruction in a safe and nurturing environment.

July 20 – 24 (Monday – Friday)
July 27 – 31
Aug. 3 – 7

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 10 years
Fee: $210 per week

Music, Art and Dance (MAD) Camp – Daily instruction in music, art and dance, plus a daily mini-field trip throughout Lexington. Classes are taught by certified school teachers and members of the Lexington Ballet Company. Field trips include: trolley rides, visits to area parks, museums, theaters and historic landmarks. Special collaboration this year is with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Lyric Theater and the Confucius Institute. Experience the arts this summer, and come feel the vibe of Lexington’s growing downtown arts scene!

The Living Arts & Science Center
362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40508
www.lasclex.org

June 1 – 5 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

June 8 – 12 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

June 15 – 19 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

June 22 – 26 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, film making and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for pre-school students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

July 6 – 10 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

July 13 – 17 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

July 20 – 24 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.

July 27 – 31 (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Pre-K – 12th grades
Fee: Varies

The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) presents nine weeklong sessions of 160 creative and interactive classes in the arts and sciences. New classes are available each week for various age groups and students may select from one to five classes per day for part-day or full-day camps. Classes are taught by professional artists and educators and include painting, drawing, digital art, architecture, sculpture, physics, natural history illustration, equine art, clay and ceramics, filmmaking and much more.

Weekly classes are also available for preschool students and evening classes for teens and adults. Class fees vary depending upon the class. LASC members receive discounts.


Franklin County

Grand Theatre Frankfort
312 West Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org

June 22 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 14 years
Fee: $175

A weeklong theatre performance workshop held at the Grand Theatre. A selected script will be utilized for the camp, with the Lexington Children’s Theatre teachers and interns managing the program. Each class will have a short presentation at the end of the week. We invite your family and friends to join us for their presentations.

July 20 – 24
9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 14 years
Fee: $175

A weeklong theatre performance workshop held at the Grand Theatre. A selected script will be utilized for the camp, with the Lexington Children’s Theatre teachers and interns managing the program. Each class will have a short presentation at the end of the week. We invite your family and friends to join us for their presentations.


Jefferson County

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 W. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
kentuckyarts.org

June 8 – 12
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., full-day
9 a.m. – noon, morning half day
1 – 4 p.m., afternoon half day
Ages: 5 – 8 years
Fee: $220 per full-day, $110 per half day

Kids will learn a variety of clay techniques through this weeklong clay and sculpture camp. Campers will execute slab building, coil building, functional and nonfunctional designing, glazing techniques and more! Projects are fired by professional artists in our on-site kiln. This camp also incorporates nonclay projects and three-dimensional sculptures.

June 15 – 19
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., full-day
9 a.m. – noon, morning half day
1 – 4 p.m., afternoon half day
Ages: 8 – 11 years
Fee: $220 per full-day, $110 per half day

Kids will learn a variety of clay techniques through this weeklong clay and sculpture camp. Campers will execute slab building, coil building, functional and nonfunctional designing, glazing techniques and more! Projects are fired by professional artists in our on-site kiln. This camp also incorporates nonclay projects and three-dimensional sculptures.

June 22 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., full-day
Ages: 11 – 14 years
Fee: $220

Summer Art Studio at Blackacre Nature Preserve. Taking inspiration from the natural world around them, middle school students have the opportunity to work intensively with professional artists to complete at least four different in-depth art projects and learn about working artists over the course of this weeklong camp held at Blackacre State Nature Preserve.

July 13 – 17
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., full-day
9 a.m. – noon, morning half day
1 – 4 p.m., afternoon half day
Ages: 5 – 8 years
Fee: $220 per full-day, $110 per half day

Earth Camp. Young artists will get the chance to explore their creativity with a different art medium each day during this weeklong green art camp that focuses on natural and recycled materials. Campers will be introduced to an array of natural art media, such as fiber, wood, dyes, paper, printmaking and nontraditional materials while learning about green art, upcycling and reuse. Students will create with inspiration from found object art, sustainability and our urban river environment.

July 20 – 24
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ,full-day
9 a.m. – noon, morning half day
1 – 4 p.m., afternoon half day
Ages: 8 – 11 years
Fee: $220 per full-day, $110 per half day

Earth Camp. Yyoung artists will get the chance to explore their creativity with a different art medium each day during this weeklong green art camp that focuses on natural and recycled materials. Campers will be introduced to an array of natural art media, such as fiber, wood, dyes, paper, printmaking and non-traditional materials while learning about green art, upcycling and reuse. Students will create with inspiration from found object art, sustainability and our urban river environment.

July 27 – July 31
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: High School
Fee: $110

Camp Couture. Designed specifically for high school students, this weeklong intensive camp that focuses on designing and creating wearable art. Taking cues from the exhibition and annual show KMAC Couture, students will work one-on-one in the museum studio to make wearable art garments, incorporating innovative materials into artistic practice.

Kentucky Shakespeare
323 West Broadway, Suite 401
Louisville, Ky 40202
hannah@kyshakespeare.com

June 8 – 12
9 a.m. – Noon, Half-Day Option
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Full-Day Option
Ages: 4 – 18 years
Fee: $175, $100

June 15 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 15 years
Fee: $415

A unique offering of Camp Shakespeare at Historic Locust Grove that will introduce aspiring thespians to theatre, Shakespeare’s works, and how to build an ensemble-based performance piece by emphasizing collaboration and teamwork.

June 15 – Aug. 2
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (full-day)
9 a.m. – noon (half day)
Ages: 4 – 18 years
Fee: $100-$495

Camp Shakespeare creates opportunities for children and young adults ages 4-18 to explore the theatre arts through imaginative play, visual arts, movement, storytelling, language and more.

June 15 – July 3
July 6 – 24

Ages: 11 – 14 years
Fee: $100 – $495

The Revelers – A three-week in-depth exploration of acting and Shakespeare. Campers will learn about movement, voice, text analysis, improvisation and stagecraft. Daily rehearsals encourage ensemble building, self-confidence and teamwork, while allowing each camper to grow and explore at his or her own pace.

June 15 – 26
June 29 – July 10
July 13 – 24

Ages: 7 – 10 years
Fee: $100 – $495

The Noblings – Participants in this two-week camp will explore the world of theatre through acting exercises, scene work, creating props, and designing sets and costumes. On the final day, participants will share their work with friends and family on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage!

June 22 – 26
July 6 – 10

Full- and half-day options
Ages: 4 – 6 years
Fee: $100 – $495

The Groundlings – In this one-week introduction to the magical world of theatre, campers will explore aspects of imaginative play, visual arts, movement and storytelling. The camp culminates in a sharing of their work on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage.

June 22 – Aug. 2
July 6 – 10

Ages: 15 – 18 years
Fee: $495

The Globe Players – A high school conservatory program that culminates in a full production of “The Comedy of Errors” on the Central Park Stage!

Looking for Lilith Theatre
107 Crescent Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
www.lookingforlilith.org

June 15 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Rising 6th – 8th graders
Fee: $250

GirlSpeak gives middle school girls an opportunity to learn about theatre, find their own voices, work together in a group, and use critical thinking skills. Participants will use collaborative play making activities to create a play on a topic chosen by the group.

July 13 – 17
9 a.m. – noon
Ages: 4 – 6 years
Fee: $150

The children are performers in Spain’s Seville Fair, where they meet Sancita, the jester, and Pepita, the puppeteer. They are preparing to perform for Queen Isabel, using drama, dance and puppetry and visual art activities. After Pepita shares with the group a puppet show with fighting, they help her change the show by offering the puppets, and Pepita and Sanchita, ways to manage their anger and work through their conflicts, thus learning useful life skills in a setting that, for them, is joyful pretend and play.

Louisville Visual Art Association
609 W. Main St.
Floor 2
Louisville, KY 40202
www.louisvillevisualart.org

June 8 – July 31
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $230, $205 for members

Each camper will have a unique art experience from learning photography, printmaking and sculpture to writing and creating books, wearable art, painting portraits and more! There are eight full-day one week camps and three half-day one week workshops to choose from!

Louisville Youth Choir
3105 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, KY 40205
www.louyouthchoir.org

July 27 – 31
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: Rising 4th – 12th grades
Fee: $225

Summer Vocal Camp (4th – 8th grades) – The camps include music instruction and performance opportunities in a fun environment on the beautiful Ursuline Campus in St. Matthews. The camp fee includes a daily lunch and snack, a camp outing to a local attraction, a camp T-shirt and all camp materials.

Bella Voce Camp (9th – 12th grades) – The camps include music instruction and performance opportunities in a fun environment on the beautiful Ursuline Campus in St. Matthews. The camp fee includes a daily lunch and snack, a camp outing to a local attraction, a camp t-shirt and all camp materials.

Portland Museum
2308 Portland Ave.
Louisville, KY 40212
www.goportland.org

Session 1
July 6 – 10
July 13 – 17

10 a.m. – noon
Ages: Grades 1 – 5
Fee: $25

The Portland Museum’s two-week summer iRead Program develops the reading skills of children of all reading levels. The camp is led by a certified teacher who provides individual instruction geared to the child’s individual abilities. Participants receive reading materials and reading level recommendations, one-on-one mentoring, supplemental educational activities, a tour of the museum and daily snacks in a supportive environment with friends.

StageOne Family Theatre
323 W. Broadway
Suite 600
Louisville, KY 40202
stageone.org

June 8 – July 25
9 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. (depending on session)
Ages: 4 – 18 years
Fee: $130 and up (depending on session)

If your child dreams of being Annie, Elsa, a superhero or wizard, wants to travel to Neverland, Oz or the world of giants, become a filmmaker, nail their next audition or be a star in Disney’s 101 Dalmations KIDS Performance Camp, it’s all here for them at StageOne DramaWorks Camps.

StageOne Family Theatre’s DramaWorks Camp is perfect for younger students, 4-7, who like to become their favorite characters; for students, 8-11, who are beginning to explore their performance skills; and for students, 12-18, who want to continue to build their skills with the help of professional artists and educators from StageOne. All classes are at the esteemed Lincoln Performing Arts School, 930 E. Main St., Louisville.

The Speed Art Museum
2035 South Third St.
Louisville, KY 40208
www.speedmuseum.org

June 8 – July 24
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Fee: $175 – $245

Summer camps at the Speed encourage students to be creative thinkers, bold art makers and fun collaborators.

Walden Theatre
1123 Payne St.
Louisville, KY 40204
www.waldentheatre.org

June 1 – 20
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

June 8 – 27
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

June 22 – July 11
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

July 6 – 25
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

July 13 – Aug. 1
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

July 20 – Aug. 8
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Fee: $495

Walden Theatre’s Summer Academy is a theatre camp for young people ages 8 to 13. For three weeks campers work under the direction and attention of Walden instructors on a production of a hilarious play. The 2015 play is The Baker Goes to War by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds—a mischievous, smart and original new story that’s sure to delight actors and audiences alike! Students get the exciting experience of rehearsing and performing a professional-quality play while having fun and making new friends. No experience required.

June 8 – 19
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Ages: 13 – 18 years
Fee: $325

Students will help imagine and build the world of our Summer Academy series of performances. This two-week intensive camp will include drafting designs for sets and props, evaluating those designs as a team and building sets and props to be used throughout the summer by young actors in the Summer Academy. Students in this workshop will be working hands-on learning basic carpentry, scenic painting and much more under the guidance of an experienced set designer/builder. This will be an excellent introduction to the rigors of crafting for the stage or a thorough build-out of skills learned during the school year Stagecraft program offered in the Conservatory.

June 8 – 27
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages: 13 – 18 years
Fee: $495

The 2015 Shakespeare Intensive students will study particular works of the Bard in depth. Along the way participants will create an original sonnet, watch classic performances, engage in fun and active theatre games, learn Shakespeare’s history, act in a challenging scene, practice stage combat and much more! Instructors challenge students to approach Shakespeare fearlessly and make brave artistic choices—all en route to a showcase at The Bard’s Town Theatre which will highlight each actor’s ability to create believable, entertaining characters through trust in the text, the partner and the self.

June 15 – 27
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 7 years
Fee: $350, includes $100 deposit

July 20 – Aug. 1
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 7 years
Fee: $ 350, includes $100 deposit

Kids bring characters and a story to life through a series of fun theatre-based games that ignite a child’s creativity and give them the skills to perform the play “You Are My Sunshine,” a song-filled American folk culture exploration developed by Hallie Dizdarevic and Mera Kathryn Corlett. Kids learn the basics of acting through exciting activities including movement, tableaux and pantomime, and they participate in the creation of costumes and props for a culminating performance on the final day for family and friends!

June 22 – 26
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Fee: $160

July 27 – 31
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Fee: $160

Kids explore their inner Picasso in this hands-on art program where each day brings a new original project they can create using a variety of materials and techniques. All art materials are provided, and kids bring home their creations at the end of the week.

July 6 – July 10
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ages: 3 -5 years
Fee: $150

Aug. 3 – 7
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ages: 3 – 5 years
Fee: $150

These introductions to theatre follow the process drama model – children use creative expression and role play to act out a story together with our Teaching Artists as guides. Children learn about acting in a noncompetitive and nurturing environment, focusing on the experience of play. Our day will include enrichment time, when children may select from a variety of activities deepening their connection to early literacy and school readiness skills.


Kenton County

Behringer-Crawford Museum
1600 Montague Rd.
Devou Park
Covington, KY 41011
www.bcmuseum.org

June 11
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 5 – 14 years
Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers

My Doll and Me Camp – Girls come to camp for a morning of activities with their 18-inch dolls. They will step back into the 1940s. The girls will learn about the history of the era, make a craft for their doll, play games and learn a dance that was popular in the 40s. The camp will end with a “little lady” tea.

June 18 and 19
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: 4 – 6 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

American Indian Junior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child come for two hours for two days. The theme of the first camp is American Indians. We are planning on making drums, an Indian necklace and much more. We will also learn about American Indians and play Indian games.

June 23 – 24
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: 7 – 10 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

American Indian Senior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child come for two hours for two days. The theme of the first camp is American Indians. We are planning on making drums, an Indian necklace and much more. We will also learn about American Indians and play Indian games.

July 13
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

Mad Scientists Camp – Do you love science? Learn physics, bubbleology, chemistry and more! There will be slime, magnets, lava lamps and more!

July 14
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

Animal Planet – campers will go wild finding out about Northern Kentucky wildlife. Make animal tracks, collect natural treasures, hunt for bugs and more!

July 15
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

Groovy Artist – create unique art using recycled materials. Weave a basket and make a pinch pot.

July 16
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

American Indians – Make a story “hide” using Indian symbols. Learn to play Indian games and make a tom-tom and a bear claw necklace.

July 17
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $30 (no fee for members)

Up, Up and Away – Learn the art of making different kinds of paper planes. Make a kite and other flying objects.

July 28 – 29
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: 4 – 6 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

Wildlife Habitat Junior Grand Discovery Camp – Junior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child comes for two hours for two days. The theme of this camp is Wildlife Habitat. We will learn about the four main habitats in Kentucky. Do some investigation into the animals that live in our own backyards. The second day of camp we will have a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo.

July 28 – 29
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 10 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

Wildlife Habitat Senior Grand Discovery Camp – Senior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child comes for two hours for two days. The theme of this camp is Wildlife Habitat. We will learn about the four main habitats in Kentucky and some investigation into the animals that live in our own backyards. The second day of camp we will have a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo.

July 30 – 31
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: 7 – 10 years
Fee: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

Wildlife Habitat Senior Grand Discovery Camp – Senior Grand Discovery Camp is where a grandparent or adult and a child comes for two hours for two days. The theme of this camp is Wildlife Habitat. We will learn about the four main habitats in Kentucky and some investigation into the animals that live in our own backyards. The second day of camp we will have a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo.


McCracken County

Paducah Symphony Orchestra
760 Broadway St.
Paducah, KY 42001
www.paducahsymphony.org

June 22 – 26
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 18 years
Fee: $175 full-day, $125 half day

The third annual Paducah Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Camp features large and small ensemble group training for rising 4th–12th graders. The camp will feature choral instruction; beginning to advanced strings both orchestral and fiddlers; instrumental, band and jazz ensembles as well as group piano instruction. Elementary level will attend half-day while middle and high students will attend full-day with the option to split their program between disciplines.


Montgomery County

Gateway Regional Arts Center
P.O. Box 128
101 E. Main St.
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
www.gatewayregionalartscenter.com

June 22 – 26
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $50

Limitless Painting Creativity

July 15 – 19
9 a.m. – noon
Ages: Rising 4th – 9th grades
Fee: $40

Youth Choral Camp – You are invited to join the fun at a weeklong summer choral camp, including songs, games and meeting new friends. This camp will teach students about proper vocal technique, posture and performance habits, all while practicing fun songs and preparing for a concert.

July 13 – 17
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: Rising 1st – 2nd grades
Fee: $50

Dynamic Drawing

July 13 – 17
10 a.m. – noon
Ages: Rising 1st – 2nd grades
Fee: $50

Creative Crafting: Fabric Art

July 27 – Aug. 1
9 a.m. – noon
Ages: 7 – 9 years
Fee: $45

Summer Playhouse and Summer Stock are opportunities for young people ages
7-9 to learn about and participate in a theatrical production. Knowledge, hands-on activities, a play of their own and fun are the goals of this drama camp.

July 27 – Aug. 1
1 – 4 p.m.
Ages: 10 – 12 years
Fee: $45

Summer Playhouse and Summer Stock are opportunities for young people ages
7-9 to learn about and participate in a theatrical production. Knowledge, hands-on activities, a play of their own and fun are the goals of this drama camp.


Warren County

SKyPAC
601 College St.
Bowling Green, KY 42104
www.theskypac.com

June 22 – 27
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Noon – 7 p.m.
Ages: 1st – 12th grades
Fee: $175 – $200

SKyPAC is excited to partner with the Missoula Children’s Theatre this summer where youth actors will be active participants in every phase of staging a full-length theatrical production of Sleeping Beauty. Week concludes with performances.

July 6 – 10
8:30 a.m. – Noon
Ages: 8 – 18 years
Fees: $150 – $175

Paperworks Camp – campers will discover new ways to create art using paper as the primary medium, as well as learning about famous artists throughout history which helped inspire each activity. Activities will include papier-mâché, block printing, collage and recycled magazine art.

July 13 – 18
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Noon – 7 p.m.
Ages: 1st – 12th grades
Fee: $175 – $200

SKyPAC is excited to partner with the Missoula Children’s Theatre this summer where youth actors will be active participants in every phase of staging a full-length theatrical production of Aladdin. Week concludes with performances.

July 20 – 24
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 18 years
Fees: $150 – $175

Visual Arts Camp – In Clayworks camp, Campers will explore clay as a form of art. Campers will create a variety of clay projects throughout the week using traditional hand building techniques.

July 20 – 24
8:30 a.m. – Noon
Ages: 8 – 18 years
Fee: $150 – $175

Mixedworks Camp – Campers will discover new ways to create art using pastels, paint, cardboard, recycled objects and more. Campers will also learn about famous artists throughout history who helped inspire each activity.

July 27 – 31
9 a.m. – noon (Ages: 8 – 10)
2 – 5 p.m. (Ages: 11–17)
Fee: $150 – $175

Magic Camp – International Magician of the Year Kevin Spencer teaches campers how to perform some incredible tricks with everyday objects. This weeklong, half-day camp combines learning magic tricks with storytelling, music, theatre and creative movement. Through the art of magic, campers will explore their curiosity, develop their magical creativity, and discover new confidence. Students will perform tricks with ropes, cards, rubber bands, paper clips, money and even a big illusion. Students will also learn how to select music and write a script to go along with their tricks.

The Phoenix Theatre
545 Morris Alley
Bowling Green, KY 42101
www.ptkbg.org

June 1 – 5
June 8 – 12

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Fee: $100

Students will work as an acting troupe, build their own props, do scenic painting, sound, lighting, costuming and act in a play. While learning about these exciting aspects of theatre, students build self-confidence, learn teamwork, nurture their creativity and, of course, have tons of fun!

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Time to bring in a consultant

“Time to bring in a consultant,” is a phrase rarely met with excitement. Paying an outsider, labeled as an expert, to judge our processes and outcomes is a cringe-worthy prospect. With this in mind, you would think the Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN) Program would be a hard sell. Through KPAN, the Kentucky Arts Council offers three- and six-hour consultancies to assist organizations and eligible individual artists with board development, grant writing, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, festival planning and other needs. On the contrary, this program is very popular, and many artists and organizations apply for assistance every time the program is open. Even if we’re timid or annoyed by being advised, no one can argue that the opinion of someone who is not “too close” to an organization, business or project is valuable.

The difference between KPAN and a dreaded consultancy is the “peer” aspect. Arts professionals on the Kentucky Peer Advisory directory are working artists or individuals who have operated arts organizations or arts programs.

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You can choose arts professionals from across the Commonwealth using our directory, or allow us to match you with the best advisor for your needs and location.

The advisors often tell me that the learning was reciprocal with the person or organization they were hired to help. If you’re interested in bringing a peer advisor to evaluate your arts business or organization, the current application deadline is June 15. If you’d like more information about this program, contact sarah.schmitt@ky.gov.

Sarah Schmitt, community arts and access director

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A career beyond words: Trent Altman, June’s artist of the month

Trent Altman will be the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist during June 2015. We asked his parent and manager, Dr. Jackie Marquette, and companion and art facilitator, Rachel Whitehorse, to share some thoughts about his artwork and his extensive career as we close Autism Awareness Month and look forward to his featured artist month in June.

I was invited by the Kentucky Arts Council to write about Trent Altman, accomplished visual artist and member of the Kentucky Crafted Program since 2003. It was my pleasure to accept this opportunity. Trent is my middle adult son and he has autism. Trent has two brothers, Todd and Travis.

The month of April was Autism Awareness Month, and although Trent has autism, he has evolved over the years into an accomplished abstract expressionistic artist. The emphasis surrounding Autism Awareness Month is to influence the public’s understanding of the needs and challenges of this group and their families. The purpose is to promote acceptance and inclusion throughout all areas of society – educational, employment, medical, and our communities. While much of the focus is on individual supports, they are sometimes inadequate or unavailable, causing a wide gap of tremendous need. Additionally, I believe it is important that we focus on the development of their best strengths, interests and pursuance of their exceptional talents all within the realm of “supports and acceptance.” The journey for Trent and our family has not been easy, but by arranging for supports and watching Trent achieve his potential and overall emotional well-being, it has been well worth it. I would not have traded it for the world.

Trent is being honored at the United Nations. The stamp poster using his painting, An Abstract Garden

The stamp poster using his painting, An Abstract Garden

In 2012, Altman’s painting, “An Abstract Garden II,” was chosen by the United Nations for a stamp. One million stamps were printed and sold around the world to raise global awareness about autism. Trent was one of two artists with autism chosen from the United States to participate. We were grateful that the arts council awarded Trent a grant to cover some travel expenses so he could attend the United Nations ceremony and receive his award.

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Trent receives the Strokes of Genius (SOG) Inc. artist achievement award

Also in 2012, Trent received the Strokes of Genius (SOG) Inc. artist achievement award. “His paintings are beyond bold and dramatic. Altman’s use of multiple layers, and his distinctive style result in a monumental flow of intimately muted colors and three dimensional textures on canvas,” writes Dr. Rosa Martinez, President of Strokes of Genius. Since then, Dr. Martinez has represented Trent as an artist to exhibitions in New York City. Recently, Trent had an exhibition at the Port Authority in New York from December 2014 to January 2015.

To complete that amazing year, Valerie Trimble with Kentucky Educational Television produced a documentary, “Art for Expression,” featuring Trent and his art making. In 2013, this film was nominated for an EMMY by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2014, the documentary was accepted and screened at the Golden Door Film Festival in Jersey City, New Jersey. A collector who purchased five of Trent’s paintings for his new upscale apartment complex in Nashville sponsored the trip for Trent to attend the festival.

In 2013, Trent received the International Autistic People’s Award for visual artist out of applicants from 17 countries. Trent, me and his step dad traveled to British Columbia to receive the award, attend the red carpet ceremony and take part in the arts festival. Later, Trent was honored and appointed the American Ambassador for Autism through ANCA, Naturally Autistic organization. We are sincerely appreciative to everyone who made it possible for Trent to attend the ceremonies and festival. Several of Trent’s art collectors and fans from Louisville purchased paintings or provided a sponsorship that enabled him to make the trip. Dick Wilson, Senior Vice President Investments, Morgan Stanley and Dr. Tami Cassis of Cassis Dermatology & Aesthetics Center were two sponsors among many.

Sea view shore, Trent Altman

Sea view shore, Trent Altman

For the past two years, Trent has been represented as an artist in Naples, Florida, by the Sweet Art Gallery. He has captivated art collectors and buyers of his paintings.

Most excitingly, this week we signed a contract with Agora Art Gallery to represent Trent Altman and his art for the next two years in New York. We are thrilled for Trent to have this opportunity. Agora Art Gallery is one of six best contemporary art galleries in the city.

Even with Trent’s talent, it can only happen with supports. Rachel Whitehorse is Trent’s companion and has lived with Trent now for two years. She also is Trent’s art facilitator and provides support so Trent can have the opportunity to paint daily in his art studio, Art Sanctuary in Louisville. She also assists him in connecting to friendships and community settings. Rachel travels with Trent and attends all art receptions with him.

Because of Trent’s autism, he does have challenges in verbal communication, yet he has no limitation in self expression in making his art. Through many hours of Rachel’s observation, she gained unique insight. She provides an interpretation of Trent’s emotions during the process of his art making.

Unspoken Words and Emotions Expressed

“While considering many different color options, the choice is hard for me, but I enjoy it. After choosing the right color, I wait impatiently to begin. When it’s just right, I feel compelled to start. Taking a deep breath, I figure the right place to begin my brush strokes, swiping the canvas as my voice rumbles with excitement. I begin to sing. While scraping the jagged surface, I get more excited from one moment to another until my canvas has been completely painted and/or scraped to my expectations. Taking a moment to calm myself from start to finish, I want to immediately start again.”

Abstract Garden II, Trent Altman

Abstract Garden II, Trent Altman

This is Trent’s emotions exposed and unspoken words as interpreted by Rachel Whitehorse.

Rachel explains, “This is my interpretation of Trent’s approach to the canvas. We all know actions speak louder than words. As his art facilitator, I get to see his art blossom into the wonderful pieces they become. I am honored that I’m able to do so. People ask me often about his autism and how he paints. This is how I see it. When he walks through the threshold of the studio door, his autism is left behind, and he emerges into the artist within and creates to heart’s content.”

To see Trent Altman’s paintings, go to his website or watch Trent paint a complete oversized painting in a time lapse video.

Trent Altman, artist
Dr. Jackie Marquette, parent and art manager
Rachel Whitehorse, companion and art facilitator

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Audrey Schulz’s last hurrah? I think not.

by Ed Lawrence, Arts Marketing Director, Kentucky Arts Council

When I put out an invitation to Kentucky Crafted artists to exhibit at the Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort, I quickly got a response from Audrey Schulz. She indicated that she would like to participate and it might be her last hurrah. This got me worried because I thought this wonderful artist who has been making soft-sculpture horses since the early 80s was quitting. I knew Audrey had been involved with the Kentucky Crafted program since I came to work for the Kentucky Arts Council in 1994 and had been a part of the program (formerly Department of the Arts, Crafts Division) at its inception.

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A telephone conversation with Audrey allayed all my fears and convinced me that this 84-year-old artist will probably be painting horses and creating soft-sculpture animals for another 20 years. When I told her how remarkable it is that she is still working at her age, Audrey said, “I never thought of age.” She firmly believes that creating artwork and being active are the keys to health and longevity.

Audrey made her first soft sculpture for a friend who was in the hospital. She described it as “a drunken horse with a garland of roses.” A coworker saw it and offered her $40 for it and that’s when the business idea began. She had her designs copyrighted in 1983. She credits a lot of her start-up success to then First Lady Phyllis George Brown, followed by Gov. Martha Lane Collins and current Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen, who headed up the Department of the Arts during the Collins administration. Her work was introduced at the New York International Gift Fair by Gov. Collins along with a number of other Kentucky craft artists who were being introduced to national and international wholesale markets. There is no exact count of how many horses she has made over the years but she knows it is in the thousands. Her whimsical creatures have been carried by Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus and other fine shops across the nation. Although she no longer participates in Kentucky Crafted: The Market, Audrey claims that the Market is responsible for the continued success of her business. She has established so many accounts over the years that she now gets as many orders as she can fill. www.audreyschulzhorses.com

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Every day I come to work, I am reminded of Audrey Schulz. My office is right across the way from the Kentucky Department for Travel and Tourism main reception area. Proudly displayed among a number of Kentucky crafted items is Audrey’s galloping thoroughbred ready to run in the Kentucky Derby.

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Be sure to come to the Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort, May 2, 2015, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Audrey Schulz will join nine other Kentucky Crafted artists in the Kentucky Arts Council’s sales tent on the Old Capitol Lawn.

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Kentucky Writers’ Day Month

By Tamara Coffey

April is Kentucky Writers’ Day Month. I know, I know, grammatically speaking, that’s just wrong, but why should we limit our celebration of Kentucky writers to only one day? After all, it is National Poetry Month, and Kentucky has been blessed with an abundance of gifted writers of all sorts—poets, playwrights, journalists, memoirists, biographers, bloggers, children’s and young adult writers and writers of creative nonfiction and literary and genre fiction (and others I’ve missed, no doubt). The literary waters in Kentucky overflow their banks more often than the Kentucky River, so why not celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day Month?

The Kentucky Arts Council will host Kentucky Writers’ Day, a celebration of all Kentucky writers, Friday, April 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time, in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Writers and other lovers of words will gather to welcome the newest Kentucky poet laureate, George Ella Lyon, a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and plays. She will be joined by past Kentucky poets laureate Richard Taylor, Joe Survant, Sena Jeter Naslund, Gurney Norman, Maureen Morehead and Frank X Walker. All will read from their original work, a treat for all bibliophiles and bookworms — the chance to hear writers read their own words.

In case you’re curious, April 24 was chosen as Kentucky Writers’ Day because it is the birthday of Robert Penn Warren, a poet, novelist and literary critic from Guthrie in Todd County. Penn is the only writer to have received a Pulitzer Prize in fiction (“All the King’s Men”) and poetry (“Promises: Poems 1954-1956” and “Now and Then”). He was named the first U.S. poet laureate back in 1986. Prior to 1986 there was a Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and guess what — Robert Penn Warren was named as the third consultant in 1944. The second consultant was Allen Tate from Winchester, Ky. Oh yeah, Kentucky literary waters run deep!

Are you ready to dip your toes into the eddy of poetry and literature? Here’s a sampling of websites that feature writings of and readings by writers from Kentucky and elsewhere to tide you over:
Kentucky Writers’ Day readings
Library of Congress readings
Library of Congress Archive of Poetry and Literature
Poetry 180
The Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Archive
Poetry Out Loud
National Poetry Month April 2015

Maybe you’ll want to wade in by taking the Kentucky Arts Council’s Writers’ Day Challenge. Simply post on Facebook that you are accepting the challenge from @KentuckyArtsCouncil, add a few lines of your own writing and include the hashtag #kywritersday.

Or just dive into Kentucky Writers’ Day by joining us in the Capitol Rotunda at 10 a.m. this Friday. Can’t make it to Frankfort? Make your own Writers’ Day celebration by inviting your friends, coworkers and others to share their original writing or excerpts of their favorite Kentucky literature and poetry. Don’t hesitate, you only have until the end of next week to be a part of Kentucky Writers’ Day Month.

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