WAG Summer Camps Huge Hit

The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s inaugural summer art camps were a huge success with sell-out attendance and waiting lists. Throughout July and August, the WAG offered six three week-long camps with three themes—AnimaniART, Junior Architect, and Graffitti Camp. Participants explored the city, visited the Gallery exhibitions, and created their own masterpieces which they proudly showed off to their parents at a mini-exhibition at the end of each camp.

“This was the first time we have offered these camps,” says Youth Programs Coordinator Aline Frechette, “and we are thrilled with the response. A lot of the kids enjoyed their first camp so much, they came back for a different one. Some children even attended the same camp twice!”

“I think part of the popularity of the camps was that they were something different, a change from the usual sport camps,” notes Youth Programs Coordinator Rachel Baerg. “The feedback we received from parents and kids is that it was awesome and they can’t wait for next summer!”

“I loved the fact that my six-year-old felt so comfortable despite not being an ‘artist’,” said one mother. “She was never made to feel that she needed to ‘improve.’ She was just encouraged to enjoy art.”

“This was our child’s first art camp and it was awesome,” reported another mom. “We are raving about it and look forward to coming back for another one.”

“Young people are the WAG’s future,” says Director Stephen Borys. “Each year thousands of them enjoy our youth programs that open the doors to the joys of creativity and a love of the arts. Through art classes, school visits, Family Sundays, Young Weekends, and now summer art camps they have the chance to experience all that art has to offer. My son had just a wonderful time at camp with the added bonus that my wife and I were able to see art through his eyes, a new experience.”



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