Grant provides ArtSmart camp scholarships for local children

CONYERS — Thanks to a grant from General Mills in Newton County, more than a dozen children who live in Lakeview Estates will get greater exposure to the arts this summer.

Jackie Sprague, executive director of the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts, said the $2,500 grant received from General Mills in February will fund 18 scholarships to the organization's ArtSmart Summer Camp in June.

Sprague said the children who will receive the scholarships were selected by a liaison with the Lakeview Estates community.

The scholarships will go to children ages 6 to 14 who will attend one of two camp sessions scheduled for June 13-16 and June 20-23. The camps will be held at Memorial Middle School.

Tuition for the camp would normally cost $125 for current donors of the Arts Council and $150 for non-donors. Sprague said the council is thankful to have received the grant, particularly due to all the cuts that have taken place in arts funding.

"It's all about giving back to the community; that's what we're all about," Sprague said.

Enrollment for the two ArtSmart Summer Camp sessions is now under way, Sprague said. Registration forms are available on the council's website at conyersarts.org or by calling 770-922-3143. Classes will be filled first-come, first-served.

The camp offers six areas of instruction, and campers are allowed to select five that interest them.

Arts programs and teachers include: Drawing, Orrin Morris; Watercolor, Sheila Myers; Acting Up, an improv class, Tess Conway; Pottery, penny Lee; Music Exploration, Rebekah Roberts; Adventures in Art: Nestor Domingo.

Sprague pointed out that all of the teachers are professionals who have experience working with children, which helps ensure that the ArtSmart Camp is a good learning experience and a good value.

"The cost of the camp is usually $150, and I've been told that camps of this quality run $200 to $250 a week in other communities," she said.