Museum plans camp to teach youngsters about Ocoee region
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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History, art and storytelling will be the focus of the summer camp being offered by The Museum Center at Five Points.

The week-long camp will be offered July 14 through 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children ages 6 to 11.

“It’s really just a chance for kids to spend time here at the museum and look at telling the story of the Ocoee Region,” Museum at Five Points curator of education Joy Veenstra said. “Not just teaching them, but showing them ways they can tell those stories.“

The camp will do this in three ways — theater, art and objects.

Veenstra said students will get to tour the exhibit, but will also see the “behind the scenes” elements of how a museum display is created.

“We have a local theater teacher and director who is going to be coming in and doing the theater portions,” Veenstra said.

In addition to leading games and warm-ups, Jim Veenstra will also teach campers about character development and storytelling.

“Then we are specifically going to look at how you can take research or look at a period of time and develop a character, so that is an accurate character,” he said.

Artist June Chase will be leading the students in activities demonstrating how art can be used to tell historical stories.

“The industrialization period of Cleveland is a really active time to look at and there are a lot of great people who lived here during that time,” Veenstra said.

The camp will also give the children opportunities to do research, learn about writing museum object labels as well as play Appalachian and Cherokee games.

“We’ll do a downtown walking tour one day as well,” Veenstra said

Campers’ work from the week will be showcased in a museum exhibit from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on July 18 The mini-exhibit will be free and open to the public.

“We are really just looking at ways to bring the community in and show them what we have and really just build up that awareness,” Veenstra said.

She said she hopes the camp gives the students a greater interest in Cleveland history and the significance of telling those stories.

The cost for the camp is $125 for museum members and $150 for non-museum members. The cost includes lunch each day and all needed materials.

Registration can be completed at www.museumcenter.org /summercamp. The registration deadline is July 1. Space is limited.

Veenstra became the education curator at the Museum at Five Points in October of last year. She has a master’s degree in museum studies with a focus on education.

The Museum Center at Five Points is dedicated to telling the stories and history of the Ocoee region.