Art Talk Monday: NCLAC Summer Happenings

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director. Much to the delight of students and teachers, the summer break is now upon us. Hot weather and whines of “I’m bored” will undoubtedly be here before long, so take a moment today to register your child for NCLAC’s Summer Arts Camps. We still have spaces available at each of our camps, both five-day and one-day, but the five-day camps are almost full. Pre-registration is a requirement, as we have to adequately prepare supplies and snacks for our campers.

The traditional five-day camps this year will be held in Ruston on July 3-7, and July 8-12, and in Jonesboro July 15-19. Students who are entering 2nd-7th grades are eligible to attend. They’ll have classes in two-dimensional art, such as drawing and printmaking; three-dimensional art, such as poster Capturefiber arts and sculpture; and drama, such as improv and playwriting. These camps are $65, which includes all supplies and snacks.

The one-day camps will be held in Farmerville June 8; Arcadia June 29; and Homer July 27. At these Super Saturday camps, students will have extended sessions in Visual Art, with projects ranging from weaving to bas relief, and Drama, with theatre basics. These camps are $20 if you register 10 days before the camp, $25 after that date. The fee includes supplies and a snack.

The camps are funded in part through a grant from Entergy, who is committed to improving the quality of life in their coverage region. For years the company has granted funds to assist with the cost of our art camp supplies, keeping the camp costs manageable for families.  In addition, our Pick Your Picasso donors have generously given scholarship monies so that a number of talented students throughout the region can attend the NCLAC art camp in their parish of residence. Writing the scholarship award letters is such a wonderful part of my job each spring, and it couldn’t happen without our Picasso donors.

So, don’t delay in registering your camper; come join the fun with our summer arts programming! You may register online via our site,; by calling our office at (318)255-1450; or in our office inside the Dixie Center for the Arts, Monday-Thursday 9am-3.



In other NCLAC news, it is time for annual Keep the Arts Afloat fundraiser. This event truly keeps NCLAC going throughout the year, providing operational support so that we can continue our work in the region. The fundraiser works like this: we accept 250 donations of $100, and then we draw one lucky donor who receives $5000. The odds of your name being drawn are very good, and each donation makes an incredible impact on our organization. If you’re a regular “Art Talk” reader, then you’re familiar with the work we do in the five parishes of Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union. If not, then let me list a few of the ways in which we serve our area: Summer Arts Camps, Peach Art Exhibit, Holiday Arts Tour, Drama Warehouse, My Vision My Voice, art exhibitions, educational performances, and special demonstrations/lectures at area schools and libraries. We often work as art facilitators for other organizations in the area, and we have strong partnerships with many nonprofits in our region. All this is to say, our nonprofit work is made possible through donations, and the Keep the Arts Afloat fundraiser is the perfect time to make that donation. The drawing is held on Father’s Day, June 16, at the Peach Festival Art Exhibit reception. Call our office or contact any NCLAC board member to make your donation. We extend a heartfelt thank you to those of you who continue to support us through the years.