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"Every child an artist" at Fort Lawn Community Center art camps

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By Brian Garner

A sign hanging on the wall of the Fort Lawn Community Center quotes the great painter Pablo Picasso who said ‘Every child is an artist.’ The FLCC summer arts camp gives every child the opportunity to be one.

The Fort Lawn Community Center is currently the recipient of three S.C. Arts Commission grants that have allowed them to offer some arts opportunities for kids of different ages, said FLCC Director Libby Sweatt-Lambert.

“We have already had three camps, and on July 9, we will have a kindergarten through fifth grade fine arts camp. We will have 2-D art, 3-D art and music.

“The next camp, which will begin July 16, will be for sixth grade through 12th grade. That will be 2-D art, 3-D art and music,” she said.

On the following week beginning July 23 will be another art camp for kindergarten through fifth grade students and the following week starting July 30 will be a final arts camp for students in grades sixth through 12th.

“Each camp will have age-appropriate instruction. We’ve gotten some pretty cool teachers who are thinking way outside of the box. They’re realizing they’re not working with 30 kids in a class, like in school. We’re going to have a maximum of 40 students per session. Divide that by three and each teacher will have about 13-14 kids in a class.

“This means a lot of individual attention and for the younger kids in the class, we will have volunteers to assist them,” Sweatt-Lambert said.

The camps are $100 per week, but the FLCC has a new payment option – a family member can volunteer for five hours and $50 will be applied towards the cost of the summer camp.

Healthy snacks and lunch will be provided each day and students will also have time to enjoy some outdoor activities.

The FLCC will also hold a second week of sewing camp. Sweatt-Lambert said the campers had such a good time, they wanted a second week of sewing camp.

“Again this year we are incredibly thankful to the South Carolina Arts Commission for a matching grant, and we are extraordinarily appreciative to the Springs Close Foundation for a grant that will match the S.C. Arts Education Project (AEP) grant,” she said.

Sweatt-Lambert said the best way to learn more about these camps and to sign up for them is to visit the FLCC Facebook page.