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Summer Arts Camp for kids starts June 28 at BIG ARTS

By Staff | Jun 23, 2010

Instructor Jill Janda teaches "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes" during last year's BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp.


BIG ARTS is currently taking enrollment for Summer Arts Camp.

Their popular weekday camp runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., from June 28 through Aug. 13.

Children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall will be offered activities on a rotating schedule including painting, pottery, music, drama and movement. Arts and music appreciation, weekly projects, and interactive stage productions encourage interest and wonder in the arts.

For grades K through 5 tuition is $115 per week; three or more weeks are $100 per week. Pre-register your camper early to ensure they receive a free summer camp t-shirt.

The fine arts apprentice program for middle and high school students provides an opportunity to be an instructor or take classes. Courses include fused glass, mosaic, acting, pottery and metalsmithing. Middle school tuition is $70 per week.

Volunteer opportunities are also available.

BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp is supported by L.A.T. Foundation and Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank. Tuition assistance is available.

For further information or to register for Summer Arts Camp, to purchase tickets, to sign up for workshops or to become a member, stop by BIG ARTS, located at 900 Dunlop Road in Sanibel, call 395-0900, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.

Community groups artwork on display


Phillips Gallery is hosting art from three community groups:

• The Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships

• The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center

• The Sanibel-Captiva Art League

Exhibits are open now through Monday, Aug. 16. Phillips Gallery at BIG ARTS is open Monday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m.


Painted banners created to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery is on display. The art project is part of the efforts of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships (HTAP), which was formed in 2006 to help develop awareness of human trafficking and organize community leaders to stop it. Their work has fostered cooperation among law enforcement, service providers, community members and the media, leading to rescues, arrests and prosecution of people dealing in human slavery.         


HTAP, Zonta and ninth graders from Cypress Lake Center for the Performing Arts will present a human trafficking program in BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 19. The evening includes a 30-minute DVD of a play created by the students and discussion by these participants.


Phillips Gallery is also displaying art created by individuals experiencing the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The art exhibit is on loan from the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, as part of their goal to educate the public regarding the disease. This art was created by individuals who receive services from local assisted living facilities, skilled nursing centers, day stay programs, and retirement communities.


The Sanibel-Captiva Art League’s mission is to create opportunities to create art, share art, support art education, and to enhance the community artistically.


All three exhibits are supported by Visual Arts Patron Season Sponsors June Rosner and Russ Bilgore.