It's Time to Pick Your Picasso!

Each summer we 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. students at a Chatham camp in 2013

Although NCLAC makes every effort to keep our camps affordable, there are still children in our area that are unable to attend due to financial constraints. This is why five years ago we founded the Pick Your Picasso campaign. So far we have sent 100 kids to camp for free, and this year we hope to be able to sponsor another 20 children. 

A $60 donation sponsors one child for a week of camp, including art supplies, daily snacks, and a free Summer Arts Camp T-shirt. Any additional funds we raise through the campaign go to support our other arts educational 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 a printed “Thank You” article in the Ruston Daily Leader, 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.

students at a Ruston camp in 2013

It is amazing to watch how much these one-week sessions affect the lives of the children who attend them. 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 print and mail the Pick Your Picasso form (found below) to NCLAC PYP, Po Box  911, Ruston, LA 71273, or drop it off at the Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 North Vienna, Ruston. You may also donate online via paypal through our website.