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  • Writer's pictureCatie Joyce Bulay

Summer Camp Art Exhibition

As our Kids in the Woods summer camp wraps up its finally week, we wanted to share with you a fun and artful collaboration with the Colby College Museum of Art. At the end of the project, campers will get to see their art in a real museum exhibit this Saturday!

Among the many adventures and activities we did over summer camp, each week we were visited by Colby staff and interns who led campers through an ongoing photo project called Picturing Your Community, which aims to encourage participants to see their community in new ways.

The kids took pictures using instant cameras (yes, they still exist!) to take photos around Quarry Road. After they waited patiently for the picture to "develop," they either put the pictures in a frame and decorated them to take home, or donated them to the museum exhibit for this project.

Caitlyn Walker, our camp director and Community Programs & Relations Coordinator, says kids were asked to take pictures of whatever inspired them.

“Many kids took pictures of themselves or friends,” says Caitlyn. “But without fail, every week a lot of campers wanted to visit 'the wasp bridge' - a long, tall bridge on a bike trail near our camp tent that has become infamous.”

The broader Picturing Your Community project invited community members to submit photos that became part of an album displayed in the museum lobby, coinciding with the current museum exhibit Act of Sight: The Tsiaras Family Photography Collection, which closes on Sunday. We're excited to be part of this cool collaborative project!

We are inviting camper families and community members to come visit the Museum of Art at the Colby campus to view the camper’s pictures in a special exhibit. Camp and Colby museum staff will host a small reception on Saturday August 13th from 1:00 - 3:00!

All are welcome. We hope you can join us!

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