Art Talk Monday: Summer Camp Scholarships

This week's Art Talk Monday is from the NCLAC office, located upstairs in the historic Dixie Center for the Arts. It’s Time to Pick Your Picasso!

Each summer the North Central Louisiana Arts Council holds a series of art camps that offer two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and theatrical art classes. These classes expand children’s capacity for learning and self-expression as they explore their imaginations and boost their self-confidence through the creation of their own artworks and dramatic performances.

Although we make every effort to keep our camps affordable, there are still children in our area who are interested and talented in the arts but are unable to attend camp due to financial constraints. This is why five years ago we founded the Pick Your Picasso campaign, which raises funds for Summer Arts Camps scholarships.

We’ve sent over one hundred students to camp since the inception of this program, and our goal this year is twenty more.  A $60 donation sponsors one child for a week of camp, including art supplies, a daily snack, and a free Summer Arts Camp t-shirt. A donation of any amount helps provide supplies and art educators to teach the students. Any additional funds we raise through the campaign go to support our other arts education programming, such My Vision, My Voice, a six-week program that combines journalism with photography, in order to teach pre-teens and teens to tell their stories, utilizing their own voices and points of view. These programs are also free for participating students.

We honor our Pick Your Picasso donors in our Art Talk article, and publish donor names on our Summer Arts Camp webpage on our website. Donors who give before April 11th, 2014 are also listed on our 2014 Summer Arts Camp t-shirts. We are nearing time to send the scholarship award letters to prospective students, so please send your Picasso donation no later than April 18. We must ensure the number of scholarships before awarding them to students.

It is amazing to watch how much these one-week sessions affect the lives of the children who attend. We hope that you will consider giving a child the gift of creativity, self-confidence, and the new friendships they will gain at Summer Arts Camp this year! You may download a donor form from our website,, and donate via Paypal, or pick up a form at the Dixie Center for the Arts and donate by mail: NCLAC PYP, Po Box 911, Ruston, LA 71273

NCLAC’s Summer Arts Camps are held for five days, Monday through Friday, from 9am-noon. They are for students in first through


sixth grades, with three classes offered each day. Our schedule is set for this year, so check the dates on our site and download a registration form. Space is limited at each camp, so take care of your child’s paperwork soon.