Eric Feuerborn

Artscope Summer Scholarships Available Through May 1

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Summer in Chickasha means one thing for local children -- Artscope. Chickasha’s premier arts camp is gearing up for a fun two weeks by offering scholarships to the community. In its 11th year, Artscope is scheduled June 15-26 on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Enrollment for the camp is now open to the public.

Tuition for the two-week, all day camp is $150 per child ages 8-12. However, partial-to-full scholarships for eligible students are available through assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

In order to receive scholarships, students must be eligible to receive free or reduced lunches at school and agree to attend camp every day.

The scholarship deadline is May 1. All scholarships will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Scholarship applications are available online at www.chickashaarts.org or www.usaofoundation.org.

Artscope campers will be able to study drawing, painting, sculpting, theatre, dance and/or music, as well as experience presentations from guest artists. At the end of the two weeks, participants showcase their talents in a public performance or exhibition.

“Artscope is a great way to experience the arts from real artists and to learn how artists think and create while having fun,” said Artscope director Susan McCaughtry.

Camp instructors have extensive experience as both teaching and performing artists. Julie Bohannon, director of alumni development at USAO, is scheduled to teach theatre with Katie Davis, assistant professor of drama at the college. Visual arts teachers are Carrie Brown and 2007 USAO alumna Amy Widener, with Crystal Wyatt teaching musical theatre and Emily Hector teaching dance.

Artscope is a non-profit program of the USAO Foundation and the Chickasha Area Arts Council. Additional funding is made possible by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

More information, including a brochure and financial aid application, is available from Susan McCaughtry at 405-224-1284 or Mary Jeffries at 405-224-0040 and by e-mail at smccaughtry@live.com.