Arts council summer program directory offers many opportunities for student artists
FRANKFORT, Ky. — School is still in session across the Commonwealth, but it’s not too early to start thinking about summertime activities for children available from Kentucky’s many arts organizations across the state.
The Kentucky Arts Council publishes an online directory of summer arts camps, programs and activities hosted by Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations. Programs include a variety of disciplines like visual art, theater, music, writing, dance and more, all designed to provide Kentucky children an enriching experience in the arts.
Heather Lyons, executive director of The Living Arts & Science Center in Lexington, said summer art activities are important because they allow students to delve more deeply into the arts in an arts-centered environment.
“Summertime gives students and teachers the opportunity to take greater time to really explore, experiment and imagine,” Lyons said. “Not only can kids learn, they can think bigger, do things in a larger, more intense way than they may have in school. Summer gives students an opportunity to try out some things that they wouldn’t have access to in a typical school year.”
In 2014, Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations provided 1.4 million arts experiences to youths in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties and surrounding states. The Living Arts & Science Center serves approximately 1,200 students during its nine-week summer program.
View a complete list of summer camps online.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.
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