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Summer camps at Averitt Center set to begin June 1
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Above right, Jaylen Flowers, 8, left, shares some fun and a laugh with Catherine Haddad, 7, while engraving their names on clay slabs during the Arts Clay 1010 camp in 2019.

By ANGYE MORRISON

amorrison@discoveringbulloch.com


Organizers and instructors at the Averitt Center for the Arts are all set to provide some exciting summer camps for area children.

During the months of June and July, camps will cover theater, music, art, dance, photography, beauty and more. Averitt Executive Director Rahn Hutcheson is excited about this year’s offerings.

“We have a wonderful variety of instructors for our summer camps.

We have our fabulous Averitt Center teachers such as Taylor Ellen, Kim Riner, Robert Cottle, Georgina Osuna Diaz, Michelle Nesmith, Brandi Harvey, Emmalyne Vickery and Elizabeth McCooey,” he said. “We are extremely pleased to be having talented guest instructors such as Statesboro High School drama teacher Eddie Frazier, Portal High School art teacher Deena Scarborough, Statesboro STEAM literature, drama and dance teacher Anastasia Brown and Stilson Elementary art teacher Erin Henry.”

There are a total of 37 camps for children, ranging from dance for 3-year-olds to theater for 18-year-olds. Hutcheson says there are also new camps offered this year.

“We are excited about the ukulele camp with Robert Cottle, beauty camp with Emmalyne, musical theater dance camps, a photography camp with Danielle Brannon and three high school level theater camps with Eddie Frazier and Brandi Harvey,” he said.

In addition to the camps, there are drop-in classes for ballet and modern dance each Monday at the dance studios at 41 West Main Center.

Hutcheson says the half- and full-day camps are very affordable for parents looking for top quality artistic content for their children, and there is provision for working parents.

“The early care and late care are designed for working parents who may not be able to pick up or drop off their children when the camps begin or end,” he said. “The real cost saving measure is the Averitt membership discount. When families join the Averitt Center at the Muse membership level ($125) or higher, they receive $25 off each summer camp their child or children attend. They also receive a discount on early care, after care and really deep discounts on the upcoming fall classes too.”

Tuition for half-day camps for non-members is $100, and $75 for members. Full-day camps are $150 for non-members, and $125 for members. Late registration fees do apply, and scholarships are available.

Hutcheson said the staff and instructors at the Averitt are every bit as concerned for the safety of campers as their parents, so measures are being taken even now to make sure the facilities are prepared.

“We are going to implement strategies such as limiting the number of attendees per camp or camp location to the CDC, state of Georgia and city of Statesboro guidelines, social distancing and heavy cleaning with germicidal bleach between and sometimes during camps to keep our campers as safe as possible,” he said. “Also, we will be purchasing masks, large quantities of hand sanitizer and possibly gloves.”

The annual camp program is sponsored by Synovus. Campers who register and pay online will receive a free camp T-shirt. For more information or to register for camp, or to see a complete listing of available camps, go online at www.averittcenterforthearts. org or call 912-212-2787.

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