Knox Arts, Crafts and Humanities Council held its 12th annual Kids College Art Camp last week, June 16-18. Over the course of three days kids, between the ages of 6-14, were introduced to a world of arts and crafts taught by local artists. Ruth Cross, Vice President of Knox Arts, Crafts and Humanities Council, says, “When the camp started, it was a way for local artists to pass on their trade to the younger generation in hopes that they would carry on the tradition. But later we decided to branch out, now all of our artists are associated with Kentucky Arts Council.”
The artists teach a variety of programs, appalachian square dance, Jack Tales Story Telling and tie-dye, to name a few. Carla Gover, A teaching artist who uses music to teach spanish dance and language, says, “The kids seem really enthusiastic, I think they enjoy learning the language through music”
The camp gives credit to Very Special Arts Kentucky, an organization that uses arts to assist disabled children.
Dianna Simpson, President of Knox Arts, Crafts and Humanities Council, says, “They help us with expenses and make it possible for us to provide scholarship to children with special needs. Also, Barbourville Junior Women’s Study Club provided one scholarship per school in the county. Union College provided gatherings spaces, classrooms and housing for the artists. The kids lunches were provided by KCEOC’s summer feeding program. Members of KACHC and community volunteered to make everything possible.”