Release Date: June 4,2018

First summer camp offering at the Akron Children's Museum

Akron Children’s Museum’s first-ever summer camp program, Camp Creativity, is set to debut this summer with session offerings in June and July: June 25-29 for 6-8-year-olds and July 16-20 for 9-12-year-olds, daily from 8:30 am- 2:30 pm. Campers will explore their creative sides through literary, visual, and performing arts. Local teaching artists and educators will share their knowledge and passion for their craft during this inspiring week-long experience in which participants will write, illustrate, make, and present their very own stories. Each day will end with fun, interactive exploration throughout the museum with access to all 20 exhibits.

ACM’s Executive Director, Traci Buckner, says campers should expect an unforgettable experience. “Students will play hard as they learn, create, and explore. We aim to ignite and nurture a love of reading and storytelling in every child!”

Campers will start each day with an interactive story time with librarians from Akron-Summit County Public Library. Throughout the week, participants will develop their personal literary masterpieces. Younger participants (6-8) will compose a written story with the guidance of local author Eric Van Raepenbusch; older campers (ages 9-12) will create individual graphic novels with educator Abbie Radtka. Participants will explore a variety of illustration techniques with teaching artist Jen Davis from smARTStudio. Local artist and teacher Chris Kovacevich will then facilitate a “makerspace” in which each participant will construct a book as well as props for the camp’s culminating presentation. Artists Hilary James from Artful Living and Learning and Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics will guide the preparation for this finale presentation using theatrical concepts such as movement, voice, imagination and props. Due to Camp Creativity’s personalized approach to learning, only 22 spots are available each week and early registration is recommended. Registration can be found at tinyurl.com/acmcamp. Museum members will receive a 10% discount.

For more information, contact the museum at 330-396-6103.