Valemount Elementary Hosts Explorations Summer Camps

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Valemount Elementary received $5,000 in Explorations funding to offer a summer arts camp for 24 children, aged nine to 13, in the summer of 2005. The one-week program offered art activities that students wouldn't normally be exposed to in the community. Projects included clay modeling, water colour painting, drawing, Aboriginal crafts, and window painting which remained on display in the school. The arts camp also raised awareness of the Aboriginal community as one of the instructors was from the local Métis Society. Attendees were able to take home an Aboriginal craft, and the program provided employment and recognition for a number of local artists.

Explorations provided students in kindergarten to Grade 7 with opportunities to explore arts, sport and recreation in summer camp settings. The program, which ran from 2005-2008, served students who were otherwise unable to attend summer camps due to location, local resources or financial limitations. Explorations was supported by the Province of British Columbia.