Homer Council on the Arts is very excited to be offering weeklong art camps this summer. Many families are familiar with the Bluegrass Camp for Kids (BGCK) that has been offered in Homer for many years. This year, HCOA is collaborating with BGCK as well as our very own Homer grown Andrew Vait to offer the Homer Summer Music Camp. Andrew is now a professional musician with the band “Eternal Fair” and would like to give back to Homer what he is so grateful to have received growing up here: musical opportunity. He will bring a more contemporary component to the camp extending the diversity of offerings to include bluegrass, folk, old-time, rock, pop, soul/R&B, and blues.
The first week (June 17-21) will be Bluegrass Camp for Kids, and the Pop/Rock camp for intermediate level youth musicians. Week 2 (June 24-27) will be Pop/Rock camp for adults and advanced level youth. There also will be evening events, open mic nights and performances. HCOA has received a very generous grant from the Homer Foundation with support from the Jessica Stevens Memorial Fund and the Tin Roof Fund in order to make this camp offering possible and more accessible to our youth.
Aug. 12-16, the Roustabout Circus returns to Homer to offer the second year of Circus Arts Camp for youth ages 6-18. Morgan Langham and Daniel Sloan performed with the Chautaugua Circus when they came through Homer two summers ago. They will teach skills from trapeze and acrobatics to juggling and clowning of all kinds, and then perform for the public at the end of the week. And again, thanks to the Homer Foundation for not only their support for the arts but their mentoring of our youth with the experience and responsibility of philanthropy. The Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee chose to fund Circus Arts Camp with funding support from YAC’s generous donors and the Ashely J. Logan and Sheldon Youth to Youth Funds.
In addition to our thank you to the Homer Foundation, HCOA also would like to thank Wells Fargo for their generous support for the our summer programming this year. These funds and your support through membership and participation make these opportunities possible. For more information please come visit HCOA at 355 W Pioneer, or call 235-4288, or visit www.HomerArt.org.