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UM Museum Opens Registration For Summer Camps

The UM Museum is hosting summer camps for children of all ages beginning in June. Photo submitted by Emily McCauley

The University of Mississippi Museum will once again host educational summer day camps for children of all ages throughout June and July, and registration is open for all the offerings.

The weeklong camps, broken into age groups, teach children the ins and outs of the museum and allow them to create their own masterpieces inspired by current exhibits.
“Museum camps are a fun and educational way for kids to experience the museum and experiment with a wide range of artistic mediums,” said Emily McCauley, the museum’s curator of education. “Each week, we will explore a new theme, and children can register for one or more weeks of camp.
“Summers at the museum are a busy, fun time, and we can’t wait to make new discoveries through art this summer.”
The full schedule of camps features:
For Children Entering Preschool or Kindergarten
Mini Masters Explorer Camp, 9-11 a.m. June 5-9 – This camp is for children ages 3 to 5. These mini masters will be ready to head back to preschool or kindergarten after making their own artworks inspired by toddler stories and art from the museum’s collections. An adult must accompany all participants, but one guardian can supervise multiple children. Coffee and snacks will be provided for parents or guardians.
For Children Entering Grades 1-5
Modern Art, 9 a.m.-noon June 12-16 – Children will learn about art from 1950 to today while experimenting with painting, sculpture, digital art and much more.
Mythology Camp, 9 a.m.-noon June 19-23 – Young artists will explore the David M. Robinson Collection, one of the country’s greatest collections of Greek and Roman artifacts and create art inspired by the gods, goddesses and myths of the ancient world.
Made in Mississippi, 9 a.m.-noon June 26-30 – Children will learn about the many different Mississippi artists showcased in the University Museum’s collections and beyond, including the ongoing special exhibit of works by impressionist painter Kate Freeman Clark.
Art is PUZZLING, 9 a.m.-noon July 10-14 – Children will be inspired by the museum’s unique exhibition of puzzle collages by Kent Rogowski, “Love-Love.” They will create their own masterpieces from puzzles, optical illusions and other unusual forms of art.
For Children Entering Grades 6-8
Adventures in Art, 9 a.m.-noon, May 30-June 2 – Middle-schoolers will experiment with different types of art, including drawing, illustrating, painting and sculpture after drawing inspiration from the museum’s collections and exhibits.
Each weeklong camp costs $65 for museum members at the Family level and above and $85 for nonmembers. All supplies and snacks are included.
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Families can request a scholarship application by contacting McCauley at 662-915-7205 or esdean@olemiss.edu.
Space is limited and registration is online only. To register for a camp, go to https://museum.olemiss.edu/summercamp/. A computer for registration is available at the museum front desk, if needed.

By Christina Steube
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