For more than 12 years the Stokes County Arts Council has provided weeklong art camps for children ages 6-18, covering a diverse range of artistic disciplines.
“I’ve enjoyed seeing these young artists grow,” said Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee at the final reception on August 4. “Many have been attending art camps for years.”
This summer more than 100 students were immersed in programs including pottery, taught by Meredith Van Meter; visual arts by Amanda Gordon, theater arts by Brack Llewelyn, visual arts led by my wife Stacey and I, and Stargazers uniquely abled theater arts with Adrienne Lee. Janis Henderson-Hunsucker led three day-camps at Hanging Rock State Park including sock dolls, friendship bracelets and low-tech animation.
These camps are vital to the development of the arts in Stokes as they are the only public arts programs in a county without art education in its elementary schools.
“Creativity is important and applicable to all vocations, even those outside of the art world,” said McGee, “With these camps we’re aiming for a long term impact, something that campers carry with them the rest of their life.”