Get some camp culture

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s annual Summer Art Camp kicks off on 6 August. There are still spaces remaining in the 12-17 year age group, and there is a great series of activities and outings planned, all of which will help to keep Caymanian traditions and culture alive in the minds of the younger generations.

These ten day camps involve children in a variety of artistic and cultural activities including drama, storytelling, outdoor games, dance and music.

Professor Chip Powell, who heads up the CI marching band is the camp manager and this year kids will be learning the traditional craft of thatch plaiting and practice the typical Cayman Quadrille dancing as well as contemporary dance. In addition they will take part in drama classes and Michael Lemay will be teaching youngsters to play the steelpans. Members of the Catboat Club will be talking with children about catboat sailing and two field trips are planned – one to Nurse Josie’s Senior Centre in Bodden Town.

A number of arts professionals, teachers and volunteers will be involved in the camp. Among them are Melisha McField, a dancer teacher at Dance Unlimited who has also danced with Jamaica’s L’Acadco company, and Grace Gealy, a Caymanian actress and drama teacher who currently resides in New York but is coming to Cayman this summer.

This year the camps will be focusing on some of Cayman’s great cultural icons and the contributions they have made to Caymanian art and culture. Those icons include Aunt Julia Hydes, the late Radley Gurzong, Captain Paul Hurlstone and Miss Lassie, among others.

The summer camp being on 6 August and ends on 17 August. Camp runs in the mornings only, from 8.45am to 1pm. Refreshments and snacks including juice, water, patties, fruit, cheese, crackers and sandwiches will all be provided. The camps are subsidised by the CNCF and the cost is just $150 for the ten days, including drinks and snacks.

The Summer Arts Camp is one of a number of children’s programmes the CNCF runs throughout the year.

For more information on any children’s activities or to sign up contact 949-5477 or email [email protected]