Ark City Arts’ annual “Art and Poetry Champions” camp kicks off at 1 p.m. today.
“The 2016 Art and Poetry Champions summer camp will celebrate Shakespeare’s work with tongue-twisters, riddles and a reader’s theater,” according to a recent press release from Ark City Arts.
A live event featuring birds of prey is planned at 3 p.m. June 15 by Oklahoma-based Royal Gauntlet Society (RGS).
RGS is led by licensed master falconer and animal rehabilitator Bob Aanonson.
It provides care and rehabilitation services to sick and injured wildlife, the release states.
More than 30 volunteers donate their time and talent to RGS, helping to ensure that rehabilitated animals are released back into the wild.
“Students will be challenged to construct models of cathedrals and catapults, to capture unicorns and dragons through hands-on drawing methods, and to find inspiration for their own stories in fables and fairy tales,” the release states.
Additional events include costumed book talks by the Arkansas City Public Library.
The camp has received a Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission grant for the third year.
In addition to RGS, new collaborators to the camp include Martin Shaffer, of Cowley College’s science department; the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council; Mike Munson, of Munson Insurance.
The co-creators of the camp are mother-daughter duo Ashley Friend and Judi Groves.
Friend is a writer, illustrator and teaching artist who is co-creator of the art and poetry program, according to the release.
“Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance artists mixed art, math and science together, knowing that these seemingly separate subjects are all interconnected,” Groves said.
“Students attending Ark City Arts’ Art and Poetry Champions camp will learn that while these subjects seem to not have a relationship, in reality they are best friends.”