Young people in Las Cruces Public Schools are going to be headed back to school earlier this year than they have in the past, but, thanks to the Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC), they still have three summer art camp opportunities: Career Art Paths, Opera Storytellers Camp, and Missoula Children’s Theatre.
Here are DAAC’s summer art programs, from a DAAC news release:
- Career Arts Paths (CAP), 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 6-17, at Alma d’arte Charter High School, 402 W. Court Ave. This visual arts camp is for students in grades five to eight. During this two-week camp, working artists from different aspects of the arts talk to students about their careers and art practice, with topics including figurative painting, sculpture, found object art projects, printmaking, working with clay, retablos, space-themed art and working on boards. Most of the day, the students engage in hands-on art projects. The camp will culminate with an art show curated by camp students and teachers. This year’s show will be held in July at DAAC, 250 W Amador Ave. The cost per student is $100, with a limited number of scholarships available. New Mexico State University associate professor Tauna Cole, Kennedy Center-trained art teacher Lisa Carlson and LCPS art teacher Hiba Mohammed will lead the camp.
- Opera Storytellers Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 20-July 1 at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. NMSU adjunct professor Christa Fredrickson will direct the camp, which is for students in grades three to 12. Participating students will compose and perform a 30-minute musical drama as they learn about of lighting and sound and set and costume design. There will be a free performance on the last day of the camp. The cost of the camp is $250 per student.
- Missoula Children’s Theatre (MIT), Monday-Saturday, July 11-16, at Alma d’arte Charter High School. This year’s production is “The Frog Prince.” For more than 40 years, the cost per student is $70, with partial scholarships available. Families with multiple children registered will receive a 50 percent discount. MIT directors will arrive with a set, costumes, props and everything it takes to put on a play except the cast. DAAC will register all cast members in advance and MIT directors will audition students for parts in the production on the camp’s first day. The cast will rehearse throughout the week in preparation for the two public performances on Saturday, July 16.
The directors from MIT are Erik Heuchert, a graduate of the University of Montana and currently teaching choir, music and drama, and Mark Sheme, a graduate of Valdosta State University who is headed to The University of Pennsylvania to start his master’s degree in the fall.
To register for the camps, visit https://daarts.org/for-youth/.
For more information, call DAAC at 575-523-6403. Visit www.daarts.org.