Art Talk Monday: Summer Arts Camps Almost Here!

Art Talk Monday this week is written by Jennifer Downs, NCLAC technical writing intern and LA Tech graduate student. In just a few short weeks, schools across north Louisiana will be letting out for summer vacation. If you are looking for a way to nurture your child’s creativity and keep him/her occupied, check out the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s upcoming Summer Arts Camps! NCLAC’s camps offer a great opportunity for students entering grades 2 – 7 to engage their imagination with 2-D, 3-D, and performing arts classes taught by talented local artists and MFA students from Louisiana Tech University.

NCLAC is offering camps throughout our five-parish area of Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union.

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In Ruston, there will be two week-long camps. Each camp will have different projects, so we encourage you to attend both!

RUSTON 1 (June 3-7) will be at the First Baptist Church, 200 S. Trenton St., and will be taught by Carolyn Smith, Peter Hay, and Matthew Knopps.

RUSTON 2 (July 8-12) will also be at First Baptist Church and will be taught by MC Davis, Carolyn Smith, and Adrian Gipson.

JONESBORO (July 15-19) will be held at United Methodist Church, 402 4th St., and will be taught by Peter Hay, Rachel Johnston and Carolyn Smith.

We also offer three Super Saturday camps!

The FARMERVILLE camp (June 8) will be held at the First Assembly of God, 900 S. Main St., and will be taught by Carolyn Smith and MC Davis.

The ARCADIA camp (June 29) will be at First UMC, 2122 Myrtle St., and will be taught by Carolyn Smith and Emma Case.

The HOMER camp (July 27) will be at Homer City Hall, 400 E. Main St., and will be taught by Mary Dunn.

Tuition is $65 for the week-long camps and $20 for Super Saturday camps if you register and pay at least ten days before the camp (or $25 afterwards). Tuition covers all supplies and a daily snack. All camps start at 9am and last until 12pm.

We are incredibly grateful to our partners throughout the region who donate spaces for our art camps. NCLAC partners with the following organizations: First Baptist Church in Ruston, United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, First Assembly of God in Farmerville, First United Methodist Church in Arcadia, and Homer City Hall and the Claiborne Jubilee in Homer.  In addition, a grant from Entergy assists with the cost of supplies for the camps. This support is essential in keeping the costs of our camps reasonable for families year after year.

If you are interested in enrolling your student in a camp, you may register by phone at 255-1450, or by downloading a registration form from our site ( Forms and checks should be mailed to NCLAC, PO Box 911  Ruston, LA 71273

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to spark your student’s imagination with exiting 2-D, 3-D, and performing arts activities! See you at camp!