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The annual effort adjusted this year to recognize pandemic, with the addition of Art From Home Boxes

PHOTO COURTESY OF CCC - The in-person version of the Chehalem Cultural Center's annual Art Camp will continue this year with accomodations made for the pandemic.

Registration for the Chehalem Cultural Center's annual Art Camp has begun.

In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CCC has adopted a slightly different approach to Art Camp this year: in-person and remote camps. The in-person camps for youngsters through the teen years will be staged at the CCC, with precautions guided by state health guidelines. The remote classes, termed Art From Home Boxes, are "perfect for those who are not able to attend our in-person camps," a release from the CCC said.

The activity boxes, which are $45 and will be available in early July, are filled with art supplies as well as a printed bilingual activity guide "for projects that spur imagination, creativity and connection," the release said. Included are sketch books, assorted art paper, canvases, watercolor and tempera paints, paint brushes, thread, chalk, markers, pens, pencils and other assorted implements designed to "help a young artist fulfill an artistic mission: to witness, imagine and translate the world outside to one's mind to the page." The box will allow two students to create a minimum of 10 projects with minimal adult supervision, the release added.

While the boxes are designed for kindergarteners through fifth grade, organizers said teens can still "find value and engagement" in the materials and can advance the lessons further than their younger counterparts. An added bonus is that for every Art From Home Box purchased, one free box will be provided to the Summer Migrant Program at the Newberg School District.

The Art From Home Box program actually started in March in response to the pandemic and was first available through an Instagram account (@cccartfromhome/https:/www.instagram.com/cccartfromhome/). Since its launch, organizers of the program have shared more than 150 posts that included daily art challenges, story time readings, arts and crafts project ideas, writing prompts and more.

"We know that some families will need to stay home as the county opens up due to health concerns," CCC Education Coordinator Cressa Burris said in an email.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CCC - This year's Art Camp at the Chehalem Cultural Center will classes on performance as well as the more tradtional arts.The Art Camp program began in conjunction with the opening of the CCC in 2010.

 "Over the past decade the format and themes have changed, but providing quality arts engagement to our littlest artists during the summer is always a top priority," she said.

On average, Burris said, the CCC will host upwards of 250 budding 3- to 18-year-old artists to the camps each year. This year, the in-person camps are expected to host about 200 young artists over the six-week course of the summer. The smaller capacity is designed to adhere to Oregon Health Authority guidelines for social distancing, health monitoring, cleanliness and safety.

The CCC has a financial aid program available to children of all ages, which can be applied for by clicking the "Education" tab on the CCC's website at HYPERLINK "http://www.chehalemculturalcenter.org/art-camps" www.chehalemculturalcenter.org/art-camps, also the location where people sign up for Art Camp.

The teachers that make Art Camp happen are a blend of outside artists, educators and CCC staff.

"The CCC staff is a creative bunch and I am always happy to include them in our camp counselors," Burris said. "We also are lucky to be situated so close to several colleges with talented young artists and educators. Our counselors tend to be a balance of remarkable college students, CCC staff and community volunteers."

To that end, volunteers are needed this summer more than ever. Anyone interested in volunteering should email CCC Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Skaggs at HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Middle and high school students can volunteer as well.

In the past some campers have transitioned to be counselors at the camp, Burris said, adding "One of our longtime campers started middle school this year and she had so much fun over the years, she reached out to become a youth counselor for our Pre-K camps … That kind of impact is incredible.

For more information, email Burris at HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Art Camp is great because it allows young artists the opportunity to learn and create in new ways, and unlock their creative spirit," Burris said. "Children discover how art can affect us, heal us, and connect us all together. These lessons last far beyond the camp day. Best of all, the camps are fun and filled with big, messy art projects you never get to do at home!"


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