Art Talk Monday (Pick Your Picasso)

Since 1990, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council has offered annual Summer Arts Camps in five parishes: Lincoln, Jackson, Bienville, Claiborne and Union. We currently have seven camps scheduled for 2012 and have begun taking registration. NCLAC’s camps are offered to students who have completed 1st-6th grades. Camp participants will have classes in 2-D art (drawing, painting); 3-D art (sculpture, pottery, fiber arts); and drama. Lessons range from well-known artists and playwrights to artistic movements, with classes taught by local artists and art educators. Our camps are held Monday through Friday from 9am to noon. Campers receive a snack each day, and the week closes with an informal performance and art exhibit, showcasing the week’s work.

In addition to providing a specialized experience different from what children get in their schools, NCLAC strives to make its camps accessible to students of all income levels.

We are offering a sponsorship program, "Pick Your Picasso," in order to provide $1,500 in scholarships to 25 students with financial need. Teachers and counselors in each parish have been asked to nominate recipients based on need, a love of the arts and a talent for the arts. Then if sponsored, these students will receive a paid-in-full tuition for the Summer Arts Camp in their parish.

With the help of our sponsors, NCLAC can offer these students a chance to become Picassos for a week, and hopefully, a lifetime. A donation of just $60 will sponsor one child in full. A donation of any amount will help with the cost of supplies, snacks and educators for your Picasso. Last year's Pick Your Picasso scholars received an amazing experience that they otherwise would have missed.

Picasso donors will be thanked by name in the August 3 “Art Talk” of The Ruston Daily Leader. This column will also be sent to newspapers in each parish we serve.

Please consider partnering with us in support of arts and education in north central Louisiana. We look forward to bringing our camps to the region this summer. If you have any further questions or would like more information, please or call the NCLAC office at (318)255-1450.

If you would like to register your child for NCLAC’s arts camps, here is the schedule for the summer:

  • June 4-8 Farmerville
  • June 11-15 Homer
  • June 18-22 Ruston 1
  • June 25-29 Ruston 2
  • July 9-13 Jonesboro
  • July 16-20 Ruston 3
  • July 23-27 Arcadia.