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Gantt Center ready for summer campers
Activities for kids and adults through August
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 1:23 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Alvin C. Jacobs' photo exhibit on the Brookhill community connects to the Gantt Center’s summer camps.

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School is out, and there is plenty to get into this summer.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture’s A Gantt Summer includes an array of activities for children and adults June through August.

“Our goal is to activate the Gantt Center in a way that excites children about the world of art,” Gantt President and CEO David Taylor said in a statement.  
Said Gantt Senior Manager of Programs and Educational Initiatives Andrea Chandler: “Our goal is always to keep arts and education at the center of everything we do.”

Focal points for the summer include photography to drama as well as hip-hop.

“People were really loving what we’re doing with photography, hip-hop and theater,” Chandler said. “We said, ‘what can we do around that to extend the experience through the summer?’”

Things kick off on June 1 with Family First: Cyanotype Remix from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Gantt’s monthly family program connects to photography-based current exhibits “Welcome to Brookhill” and “Portraits @ the Polls.” Attendees will examine photography, particularly cyanotype, a photographic printing process that utilizes a chemical compound to elicit a cyan-blue print.

“We decided to delve into how African Americans use photography as a storytelling medium,” Chandler said. “With our work around equity and innovation, we’re looking at how we can provide access for communities of color to do all of these great things that are happening in a digital world.”
From June 10-21, children can participate in the Take the Stage Theatre Day Camp from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. They will explore drama fundamentals, as the experience is fashioned for beginners.

“For folks as young as 6 [years old], we have our theater offering,” Chandler said. “We have two age groups: from 6 to about 12, and then from 12-18. We’re using African fables as the backdrop to that work. Finding that connection between African folklore, modern day theater and bringing the youth into it combines a lot of my passions.”

June 15 features a one-day camp titled “Arts + Technology” from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendees will create art with LED lighting and code.

July kicks off with another Family First feature, highlighting art-making workshops from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

July 12 and 13 includes the “Digital Lens of Photography” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the first day, and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on day two. Participants will examine the role of Photoshop in photography, culminating in a digital art show.

Things conclude with the “Hip Hop Tech Camp: The Roots and STEM of Rap,” a weeklong writing and technology workshop. The camp runs July 22-26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is an extension of the one-day session Jeffery Weatherford provided at the Gantt last year.

“They’ll take a deeper dive into what are these STEM areas, and how they connect to rap in terms of cadence, the beats per bar, how everything is made together, you’ve got the technology on the producing side of it, and then the performance,” Chandler said.

In addition to the camp lineup, the Gantt will also offer Fine Art Fridays June 14-July 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

“We wanted to have more daytime offerings,” Chandler said. “We’re looking at doing that year-round. Each Friday there will be an offering for kids, ages six and up. There will also be an all ages one. If you’re an adult, and you want to come out and explore printmaking, textiles or watercolors, you can come over to the center, middle of the day, enjoy some art happening, and kind of dig into these areas in fine arts. People will be able to look at some art in that style. These will be led by teaching artists. One of the biggest goals we have as a center is to employ and bring into community all of the local artists that we have.” 

For more information: www.ganttcenter.org/calendar/filter/24


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