Every summer for more than 15 years, Cultural Crossroads has sought to grow young artists through Earth Camp – an art camp for kids.
Designed for children ages 6 to 16, the weeklong camps are held at The Farm, a four-acre homestead owned and managed by the non-profit arts agency.
"Earth Camp incorporates art processes with recycling and includes the creative use of raw and natural materials," Chris Broussard, artist and Earth Camp coordinator, said.
Dates for this year's Earth Camps include the weeks of June 9 through 13 and July 8 through 11. The half day camp will run from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. the first week and from 9 a.m. until noon the second week.
"Earth Camp offers youngsters a variety of art projects and processes from sculpting to painting," Broussard said.
While previous summer camps were held outdoors or under The Farm's pavilion, this year's campers will enjoy a newly constructed air-conditioned studio called "Zenobia's House."
Broussard, a local artist, heads up the camp each year. It will also include some art instruction by visiting professional artists from the area.
"We wanted to give the youngsters a chance to experience the arts from a variety of visual artists with different styles and perspectives," Broussard said. "This year, we'll add some new dimensions to the experience by giving kids a chance to explore their creative energies in a number of mediums."
Cost of the art camp is $125 per child. Each camper will receive a free "Earth Camp" T-shirt. Registration forms are available on line at www.artsinminden.com There is limited enrollment and interested parties are encouraged to enroll early.