FCAC art camp is ‘for the birds’

Shannon CareyFountain City

Kids are tweeting at Fountain City Art Center this week, but they’re not on social media. Instead, they’re attending a special week of art camp themed for our fine feathered friends.


Jadikah Crews colors a T-shirt at the Fountain City Art Center summer art camp.

Retired Knox County art teacher Jan Bolus is leading the camp, in which kids will make clay birds, origami birds, bird T-shirts, bird masks and even bird marionettes.

Funded by grants from the Gene and Florence Monday Foundation and the TN Arts Commission, this week’s campers attend on scholarship. They are nominated by art teachers as students who show a love of or talent in art and may not have access to private art lessons.

Bolus has led the camp for seven years.

Sorina Miaun personalizes her T-shirt during art camp.

“It’s always important to grow a love of art,” she said. “This program is very kid-friendly, and everybody will take home things they can be proud of.”

FCAC director Sylvia Williams thanked the Monday Foundation for supporting the summer art camp for 14 years, and she thanked the Arts and Culture Alliance for distributing grant funding from the TN Arts Commission.

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