Art education programs benefit summer youth programs

Published 7:07 pm Monday, August 5, 2019

Area summer camps took full advantage of the LaGrange Art Museum’s youth art programs, with over 735 children participating in June and July, according to a press release from LAM.

“As a child who loved art and music, I was frustrated that I could not go to one camp that allowed me to pursue both,” said LSO instructor Callie Hammond. 

This pilot program gave students the chance to develop skills in both disciplines. Students between the grades of K-4 who played the violin or cello for at least one year could enroll. 

“This week-long program allowed students to explore ‘what does music look like?’ and ‘what does art sound like?’” said Sallie Keith, director of education at the museum. 

“We are so pleased to participate in this collaboration with the LaGrange Art Museum for this unique look at music and art.  We look forward to more opportunities to develop this concept further,” said Raylene Carter, LSO executive director.

The museum also partnered with the Troup County School System, which offered field trips to its elementary level students. 

Students came from five elementary schools — Hogansville, Rosemont, Hollis Hand, Hillcrest and Ethel Kight.   The museum’s popular art summer camps for students ranging in age from three years to high school experienced record attendance. These camps are funded by the Junior Service League of LaGrange. 

A highlight this summer was “Woven Past,” the interactive weaving room where students could weave a mix of textiles through six-foot high looms.

 This hands-on learning center was the gift of the WestPoint Fund through the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.