Our featured partner of the week is The Austin Artery.
The Austin Artery is an arts based program, but that's not all. Facilitators are trained to use art as a door to explore science, engineering, math, architecture, writing, technology, culture, and emotionalwell-being. The Austin Artery hosts programs for a wide demographic throughout Texas and Colorado. During the summer, and they offer summer camps for children in the Austin area. While many art camps focus solely on the technical skills, They look at the whole child and nurture all aspects of development. Employees build creativity, curiosity, and a love for learning along with technical skills. "We strike a balance between honoring each artist's voice and creative process with the process of developing technical skills."
How It All Began
The camp began in 2014 after the owner, Heidi Miller Lowell, did some educational consulting around S.T.E.A.M. In case you don't know, S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Prior to starting the camp, Heidi spent nearly a decade teaching in the public school system. Heidi is passionate about providing a full experience for children and wants to share her love of art with others. In their spare time, Heidi and her family enjoy gardening and being outdoors with their pug, Norman.
Here's the Scoop
Summer camp at The Austin Artery runs for eight weeks in June, July, and August. It is a day camp that begins at 9am and goes until 3pm with additional hours available if needed, Monday through Friday. While each week has a different theme, their Clay Creations camp seems like it would be a blast! They host camps at four locations: Austin International School (north), Whole Life Learning Center (south), and Austin Home Base Academy (central) and Good Shepherd School (Cedar Park). They clearly state that these camps are art focused and, therefore, are not a means of child care even though for some parents that is helpful. Summer camps are hands-on, inquiry based, and tons of fun! "The big goal is for each artist to come away from each lesson with a sense of joy and desire to create more art."
The Austin Artery believes their program has proven its efficacy. In fact, one student went on to be accepted at the most competitive fine arts academy in Austin.
This post was previously published on June 17, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy, freshness, and comprehensiveness.