110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Camp Create offers opportunities for Volusia County children
County residents and corporations sponsor art-education scholarships for children this summer
posted May 16, 2014 - 2:12:22pm
“When my late husband, Evans, and I first became supporters of the Museum of Art - DeLand decades ago, it was transitioning from a children’s museum to one that would serve all ages,” said DeLand resident and Museum Legacy Circle Member Betty Drees-Johnson. “I have been pleased to watch it grow to the excellent organization it is today. In keeping with its original mission, the museum’s Camp Create scholarship program provides opportunities for our children to experience the fun and beauty of art, regardless of family income.”
Johnson is one of a dozen individuals and corporations who have sponsored 2014 Camp Create Scholarships that began with a Scholarship Challenge April 15.
Last summer, 65 children received scholarships to attend the Museum of Art - DeLand’s enriching educational summer-camp program, which has been offered to children of Volusia County since 1951.
“At Starling Chevrolet Cadillac, we believe in the power of art to teach, motivate and inspire,” said Jack Starling of Starling Chevrolet Cadillac. “That’s why we’ve partnered with the Museum of Art - DeLand and support their Camp Create Scholarship Challenge.”
Starling initiated this year’s Scholarship Challenge by donating $500, with the hope that other organizations and individuals in the community would follow.
“Each week of Camp Create features a different theme, taught by professional art educators and artists,” said Museum of Art - DeLand’s Curator of Education Pam Coffman. “The teachers provide individual guidance, encourage creativity, and instill confidence through stimulating instruction and engaging activities.”
“We couldn’t have asked for a better program for Isabella ... Thank you for teaching her new art techniques and building her confidence,” said a mother of a 2013 Camp Create scholarship recipient, whose financial difficulties made it otherwise impossible for her daughter to attend.
“Institutions that offer (summer camp) programs need and deserve our support,” said Robin Moore, executive director of the Art League of Daytona Beach. “We are most grateful that proceeds from our Patrons Day events allowed us to sponsor scholarships for Camp Create.”
“We believe every child should have the wonderful experience of attending Camp Create, and want to thank the volunteers and the museum for making this possible,” said scholarship supporter Marcie L. Kirkland of the Page Insurance Agency.
Thanks to generous supporters in and around the community, the Scholarship Challenge is now up to $4,870. The museum’s goal is to provide financial aid to 50 students from 6 to 12 years old, to attend at least one five-day week of camp, requiring a total of $8,000 in tuition and supplies. This way, children like Isabella will be given opportunities to study art history, learn art vocabulary, and make connections between art and literacy through a variety of art media and projects.
Each tax-deductible gift will make a difference in a child’s life, no matter what the amount. For more information on participating, please contact the museum at 386-734-4371 or email Coffman@MoArtDeLand.org. Visit MoArtDeLand.org for details on new exhibitions opening May 23 and 30.
— Lisa Habermehl is director of marketing for the Museum of Art - DeLand. The museum is located at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. in Downtown DeLand, and the Downtown Satellite is located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. Both are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $5, which may be used toward the purchase of museum membership. Admission is free for children age 12 and younger.
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