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Chucalissa Will Host Art for Voice Exhibition Aug. 17

For release: July 1, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa will hold an exhibition of artwork created during the Art for Voice Summer Camp on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. The museum hosted five one-week camp sessions for youth ages 7-17 this summer. Each camper chose one piece of artwork to show in the exhibition; a slideshow of camp experiences also will be presented. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Art for Voice summer camp was designed by Penny Dodds, a local artist, educator and student in the University of Memphis Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program. The camp was created to invite community youth to explore and respond to the museum collections and create works of art that reflect their own voices. Objects in the museum have archaeological and historical significance to the Memphis community. Camp participants were introduced to these artifacts and other elements of the museum through tours, free play and guided exploration to inspire the artwork they created. 

The camp featured morning and afternoon art sessions and introductions to areas in the museum the children could explore. Responding to the campers’ interests, each camp week took on its unique personality as participants discovered what Chucalissa has to offer.

Campers were given art books, chalk pastels and drawing supplies to use and keep to foster a love of art at home. Parents, children and the museum developed an open, active and creative relationship, which strengthened ties to the community with the many opportunities the museum has to offer. From the success of the pilot program, the C.H. Nash Museum and Dodds will offer additional programming beginning this fall based on the Art for Voice model.

The C.H. Nash Museum was founded in 1956 to protect and interpret the Chucalissa archaeological site’s cultural and natural environments. Now operated by the University of Memphis, the museum serves the community by providing accessible educational, participatory and research opportunities on Native American and other traditional cultures.

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