Anyone looking for creative summer outlets for children can start planning for Kodiak Arts Council’s Sum’Arts for Kids, now gearing up to offer 27 different classes from June 2 through Aug. 8.
“Which means the program has grown,” Arts Council programs coordinator Marie Acemah said.
Registration for the wide slate of activities opens with a reception at 5 p.m. on May 2 in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium foyer, part of this month’s First Friday Art Walk. Visitors will be able to meet most of the instructors, gather information and take part in games and craft demonstrations.
“There’s no limit to how many classes a child can take,” Acemah said. “We encourage people to sign up early, because classes fill up fast.”
Sign-up is available at the reception, during the week at the Arts Council office in the auditorium, and online.
Almost 100 students took part in Sum’Arts last year, which offers sessions from short, one-time classes to the three-week theater camp. Target age groups range from preschool to teen.
“Every one has a different schedule,” Acemah said.
Among the new offerings is a week-long beginning sewing class taught by Elizabeth Ellis. Students will learn basic stitches, create an original project and take home a tool kit.
Gayla Pederson will join the instructors’ roster for the first time to lead classes about medicinal and edible plants, using traditional local knowledge.
“She does a lot of work with the Alutiiq Museum,” Acemah said.
The dance menu expands this summer as well, with new basic ballet and jazz classes taught by Marybeth Loewen. Isle Belles director Ella Saltonstall will introduce the art of hand-bell ringing.
In the theater department, kids will get a chance to join the Galley Table movement in a new storytelling class and try their hands and imaginations at writing plays. Those with a bent for poetry can explore the art from Homer to Dylan with Lauren Hamlett.
Old favorites return with more theater, visual arts and the Russian culture camp. Several classes culminate with public performances or exhibits of the students’ work.
Instructor Amy Herman is moving off-island, so this is the last summer to join her classes that combine art with science and food.
Sum’Arts has been in action since the mid-1980s, according to the Arts Council. The Kodiak Island Borough School District partners with the program to provide classroom space.
Tuition assistance is available, with applications due by May 23.