Winona Arts Camp: Feel the Rhythm 2015 was a Huge Success!!!

The wildly popular official Winona Arts Camp which was a collaboration between the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts came to a close today.  From 9am -4pm for five days, thirty-two campers in grades 2nd-8th grade were divided into two groups to explore music, theatre, dance and visual art each day.

To help deepen campers experience all classes explored the notion of rhythm in their discipline.  In dance class campers got to don tap shoes and learn a dance combination. In music class campers enjoyed learning and creating complicated rhythm routines on rhythm sticks, in addition to learning about and testing out a harp on the final day of camp.  Dr. Seuss and improvisational games were used in theatre class to explore the rhythm in speech. Finally, each day campers searched for and created rhythm in visual art, one day even included a trip to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

In addition to four classes each day campers and their families were treated to daily demonstrations by local artists and organizations.  Demonstrations included Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts advanced tap dancers, Emily Kurash of Great River Shakespeare Festival, visual artist Jamie Harper of Salvaged Medium, and Coulee Region Steel Band member Mike Knutson.  The final demonstration was the campers’ showcase for friends and family in the Academy Theatre at the Valencia Arts Center (home of MCA).

Key to the success of the camp was grant support from the Winona Fine Arts Commission and Minnesota Conservatory Scholarship Fund which allowed 6 students who would not have otherwise been able to attend to participate.

We look forward to another great camp next year and recommend those that are interested to register early as there was a waiting list this year and we plan to continue to keep the camp size similar to allow students the best possible experience.