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Menifee Summer Camp Enjoys Art Partnership
By Arts Council Menifee
To children, summer camp is a time for fun. It’s a time to sing, run and play. The City of Menifee Community Services department offers all of that and more each summer at Lazy Creek Park.
This year, city parks staff desired to offer a well-rounded program that included opportunities for youth campers to be creative. They reached out to Menifee’s non-profit art organization to provide art instruction as part of the summer camp’s weekly curriculum.
“The city’s Community Services staff was familiar with our recent successful Summer Youth Art Institute program, and asked if we would continue something similar as part of the Lazy Creek Summer Camp,” said Bill Zimmerman who volunteered to coordinate the program for Arts Council Menifee.
One of Arts Council Menifee’s goals is to utilize the North Annex Co-Op building at the Kay Ceniceros Community Center by providing free art classes at the building. So they developed an art program for the camp kids at the building.
“It worked out perfectly. The art room is one block from the park, so our counselors could escort all the kids safely down the sidewalk and deliver them to the art teachers,” said Jason Hendrix, Menifee Community Services Supervisor.
Each week the summer camp offered a different theme, so the art teachers modeled the children’s projects to match. For example, the children worked together to illustrate a giant poster that depicted action figures during “super hero” week, and made jewel-filled under water treasure chests using envelopes during “pirate” week.
The best programs for children are often found when public agencies partner with local service organizations. Volunteers that work with youth are often rewarded by the joy that is seen in the eyes of boys and girls who just discovered that they have talent.
Although Zimmerman coordinated the summer art program, he gives the credit to the art teachers who provided the instruction. “It was Debby Jimenez, Kathleen Crain, Nicole Greenberg and Kathy Pickett who really inspired the kids. These teachers are professional level artists who understand how to make learning fun,” he said.
With school now back in session, the art organization is making plans to provide supplies and assistance to after school art programs that will be offered at a few elementary schools in Menifee and Romoland.
Recently voted Non-profit of the Year, Arts Council Menifee is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in our community. We support the area’s visual arts, music, theater, dance and literary arts by collaborating with local organizations, businesses, school districts, Mt. San Jacinto College, and the City of Menifee to promote local talent.
- Art Gallery Receptions – stop by the Kay Ceniceros Center anytime to see our Gallery of art. View newly hung art pieces and meet the artists at our bi-monthly Receptions.
- Art, music, writing and dance classes are held at the Arts Council Menifee building and are free to the public. Call us to be an instructor or student.
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