FULTON, NY – With a year of fundraising and grant writing for camp sponsorships successfully accomplished, CNY Arts Center is ready to launch the second annual Arty Day Camp with summer art fun, July 15-19 and August 19-23, for ages 5-15 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St.
Citing camp sponsorships as the biggest need from last year’s camp experience, fundraising efforts have focused on creating a fund for children needing financial assistance to attend.
From coins collected to balloon art to a New York State grant, CNY Arts Center is now ready to welcome children with art, writing, dance and theater classes for a week of learning and hands-on projects.
Morning classes will be followed by lunch and an afternoon of fun group art projects for all ages.
The week will wrap up with a presentation to parents.
The art camp launched last summer with more than 50 children enjoying art activities.
“We were thrilled that attendance grew from the July session, when we’d only been open a few weeks, to the August session when even more children enjoyed personal art instruction and group projects,” said Alice Lamb, camp director. “We saw firsthand the interest and need for this kind of summer program and we’re putting together an exciting week of art fun again this year.”
“One of the first needs we addressed was to make camp accessible for every child and we focused our fundraising all year long toward sponsorships for those who need a little help with the modest tuition,” Lamb continued. “We were awarded a NYS Decentralization grant to help fund partial sponsorships. Members of the community have supported our efforts with unique ways of raising funds and we’re ready to sign children up for a creative week of Arty fun.”
CNY Arts Center is serious enough about children enjoying the camp experience to create ways for parents to earn sponsorships for their child through volunteering either at the Arts Center or during camp.
In exchange for volunteers, hours logged or serving as classroom assistants during camp, parents can earn discounted or free tuition.
Parents are asked to complete an application online and provide references in keeping with CNY Arts Center’s commitment to a safe environment for all children.
Safe place training for all volunteers chosen will be conducted before camp begins.
Apply online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com
Lakeview Lanes in Fulton teamed up last summer with artists from CNY Arts Center for the signs around its new 18-hole miniature golf course and ice cream stand.
The golf course features a beautiful fountain and water fall leading to a wishing well.
Michael Tryniski, owner of Lakeview Lanes and the mini golf course, is donating the proceeds of the wishing well for CNY Arts Center Camp sponsorships in return for CNY Arts Center artists creating the signs for the golf course.
“What a great opportunity for children of all ages to discover their artistic ability,” said Bonnie McClellan, CNY Arts Center board member. “We are very grateful the wishing well proceeds will be set aside for Arty Day Camp. Both the Arts Center and the new mini golf course are a great asset to the quality of life for the region.”
During the recent Arts Fest Arts Center member Joan Lunn’s granddaughter, Tory Martzloff, practiced her balloon sculpting and collected donations throughout the day earmarked for Arty Camp sponsorships.
Tory and Joan raised more than $35 for Arty Camp kids.
Arty’s Day Camp will include a three-hour morning class, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon.
These classes, included in a paid campership, will introduce children to techniques and art experiences in the art track they choose at the time of registration which include art, writing, dance or theatre.
Lunch and afternoon group projects are also included.
All children should pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com
CNY Arts Center is also designated again as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the weeks of Arty Day Camp.
Children who attend the lunch will be included in afternoon group projects at no charge.
Children in the afternoon program should also pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com
For more information on Arty Day Camp, volunteering, sponsorships or any other questions, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call the Arts Center office at 592-3373.