Art Camp coming to La Isla Bonita

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Children ages five to 14 can look forward to another exciting camp in their hometown. Five college students from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota USA will be hosting a free art camp, hoping to teach children to appreciate art in all forms. The camp will be held at the Boca del Rio Park on Thursday, August 18th and Friday, August 19th, and on Tuesday, August 23rd and Wednesday, August 24th at the Central Park.32 Arts CAMP
From 10AM to 12PM and 1PM to 4PM, kids will enjoy percussion classes, crafts, drawing, dancing, singing, as well as games. Since there is no admission limit, as many children are encouraged to participate. Transportation will be provided free of charge for children in San Pedrito, San Pablo, Escalante, and the DFC Area.
On Thursday, August 18th and Friday, August 19th, taxis will be waiting to transport children at 9:30AM, 9:45AM and 10AM at the following locations: New Horizon School, the San Pedrito Playground, Marina’s, and the old church in San Pablo. Children should be in the respective areas early to catch the taxi. The camp will also provide transportation after the camp is finished at 4PM. It is also requested that children bring along their lunch.
The camp is being organized by Kim Bartling, who has made San Pedro her second home. She made the suggestion for the college students to volunteer here, and the group is hoping to combine their love and expertise in the arts, along with their love of children.
“I have fallen in love with the people of Belize, especially the children, and have seen confidence and self-expression blossom in an arts environment. The arts are as legitimate to one’s success as all subjects taught in schools. Unfortunately, arts programs in Belize schools are limited, so this is a fun way to bring it to the island,” said Bartling.
According to Bartling, art is underestimated as an elective subject, but it has many benefits. “Creative arts are proven to encourage leadership, collaboration, team building, listening skills, creativity, and self-discipline. All of these qualities will be encouraged in these Arts Camps. Also, in an age where technology dominates, it is essential to get back to our “original computer” – our brains. We have our faces in our phones all day, it isolates us and limits our socialization. The arts requires connecting with other people, and real communication is required,” ended Bartling.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to let their children participate.


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