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.
For more information on the museum, visit http://memphis.edu/chucalissa.