Today’s Art Talk Monday was written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director
NCLAC’s summer of arts camps has come to a close. It was an action-packed summer with 6 week-long camps in 4 parishes. Campers made pin-hole cameras, sock monsters, magnetic murals and shield puppets. They worked on musicals, wrote scripts and practiced choreography. It was a fun time for all involved–campers, teachers and volunteers.
All of the fun and learning was made possible by thoughtful donations. A grant from Entergy funded supplies for the camps, as well as supply donations made by area arts enthusiasts. Paints, paper towel rolls, fabric and markers rolled into our office door and made such a difference. Ed and Dawn Pinkston, Julie Crews, Lana Langston, Catherine McVea, Marlen Waters and Jackie Cochran gave us some pass-along supplies that were perfect for our needs. To all of those who cleaned out closets and brought art supplies—Thank you so much! In addition, State by State Gardening contributed magazines and cardboard that were used in many of our projects. Helpful hands from the community help keep our camps affordable for students, which allows NCLAC to spread arts education to more children each year.
Donations to our Pick Your Picasso campaign provided scholarships to area students. These generous donors include C.J. Matlock, Bonnie Ferguson, Sherry Carey, Dr. John and Yvette Broocks, Ruston Civic Guild, Margaret Ann James, Beta Sigma Phi, T.L. James Company, Terry and Gary Nix, Gibsland Bank and Trust, Laura and Craig Miller, Catherine McVea, Danny and Susan Bell, Kathy Stone, Ponchatoulas, John Emory, Tom and Cathi Cox-Boniol, Julianne Cole, John and Nancy Wallace, Peter Jones, Ruston Kiwanis Club and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dawkins.
Last but certainly not least, a huge thank you goes out to the caring groups who opened their doors to our camps each week: First Assembly of God in Farmerville, Seeds of Light in Homer, First Baptist Church of Ruston, First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro and United Methodist in Arcadia. Each location provided ample space for our campers to play and learn.