May 18, 2011 by wcobserver
WINSLOW-Ozark Folkways swung into high gear last week to finalize new art classes and camps for area youth thanks to a $7,000 grant from The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Ozark Folkways learned recently that they were the recipient of the grant for which they had applied in February. They were one of 17 recipients that recently received grants, according to Pat Walker, Executive Director of The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Inc.
“It’s a huge deal, huge deal. It’s a huge grant,” said Rebecca Buchanan, Executive Director for Ozark Folkways. “It’s going to expand our children’s program.”
“We’re going to offer more classes. Before, we just had the art camp. We’re going to have more classes geared toward kids,” said Cathy Hughes, who serves as president of the Ozark Folkways board and hopes to see a youth fiber arts class.
Buchanan said the grant will be used to fund teachers and materials for a variety of art classes and camps for youth. While she’s still working out the details, Buchanan said plans are in the works for a quilting class, basket making class, a summer Fiddle Camp, a photography class and creative writing class. Some of the grant money will also be used to help fund scholarships for students who would like to participate, but can’t afford to pay the full tuition, according to Buchanan.
Buchanan said she hopes to attract home-schooled children in the area with the expanded art classes and camps so they can learn more about the arts, crafts and heritage of the Ozarks.
“They’re doing something unique and Ozark culture is being carried to a new generation,” said Walker. “It’s not being replicated someplace else that I’ve seen.”
Buchanan said the eighth annual week-long art camp for youth 8-12 years olds will kick off the summer offerings; this year’s art camp will be scheduled sometime in June. She said attendance for the art camp group four-fold last year from about 10 to 40 with a waiting list.
Walker said felt like Ozark Folkways had the right things in place to grow including a good board, a good staff and a supportive community.