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MSAI PLUS Campers are all smiles as they rehearse on the BPAC main stage for their final performance July 18 at 10 a.m.

MSAI Plus campers prepare for finale

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Excitement has been high this week at the Bologna Performing Arts Center as the building is filled with over 100 campers ages 5-12 who have been singing, dancing and creating. These young artists are participating in the 2015 Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute PLUS Camp. MSAI is in its 18th summer of encouraging students to celebrate the arts.

Each year, the BPAC offers PLUS Camp to children who are interested in performing arts. The camp is a one-week, performance-oriented day camp centered on learning a choreographed medley of songs. 

The camp will culminate at 10 a.m. Saturday with a public performance on the BPAC’s main stage. The performance is free, open to the community and will last approximately one hour.

“It’s really fun how upbeat camp is,” said camper Ann Garner Scott, age 10. “I also like the choreography for the dances we do.”

Throughout the week, campers participate in daily classes of puppetry, prop design, music, storytelling and more. The week culminates with a public performance on Saturday. This year’s unifying theme is “Music that Rocked the World,” featuring Disney classics, groovy music from the ’60s and tunes from “Motown: The Musical.”

“I like puppetry because our teacher is really good at showing us how to make them,” said Caroline Murrell, age 6. “He made this dragon that actually scared me it was so good.”

Joannah Taylor, Arts Education coordinator at the BPAC, is thrilled with this year’s camp.

“We are having a wonderful week educating and deepening the campers’ appreciation of the arts,” said Taylor. “Our faculty is incredibly talented, our counselors are nurturing and encouraging and our campers are fantastic. We have a very talented group of campers this year and we are delighted to see all of their hard work come to fruition on Saturday.”

For more information about PLUS Camp, contact Taylor at 662-846-4844 or visit http://bolognapac.com/.

Campers flex their muscles as they rehearse a song performed at the annual PLUS Camp at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

PLUS Camp returns to BPAC with national participation

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Over 100 campers from across the nation arrived at the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland today. Young artists from Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia and even California eagerly arrived anticipating a week filled with song, dance, storytelling and puppet making at the 2014 Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute (MSAI) PLUS Camp.

The camp is a one-week, performance-oriented day camp for ages 5-12, centered on learning a choreographed medley of songs. Campers attend classes throughout the day such as prop design, storytelling, puppetry and music.

Classes meet all day Monday-Friday and will culminate with a public performance on Saturday. This year’s camp is based on the unified theme “Growing Up Broadway.”

 “PLUS Camp promotes the artistic development and creativity of our young artists,” said Whitney Cummins, BPAC Arts Education coordinator. “Every summer is filled with both new and returning campers, as well as a highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff. Campers learn a great deal in just a short week, and the results are always impressive.”

Now in its 17th summer, MSAI has a legacy of inspiring young artists to create and explore.

“Camp this year pushed my limits and expanded my knowledge,” wrote a young artist who attended the MSAI Arts Camp earlier this summer. “Camp helps me find myself.”

PLUS Camp will culminate at 10 a.m. Saturday with a community-wide performance on the BPAC’s main-stage. The performance is free, open to the public and will last approximately one hour.

For more information about PLUS Camp, contact Cummins at 662-846-4844 or visit http://bolognapac.com/.

Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute: PLUS Camp

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Join us for a one-week, performance-oriented day camp for ages 5-12, centered on learning a choreographed medley of songs. Campers attend other classes throughout the day, such as Prop Design, Storytelling, Puppetry, and Music. Campers meet for classes Monday-Friday, 9am – 3:30 pm. A final presentation will be held for the public on the Delta and Pine Land Theatre main-stage in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Campers are asked to bring their own sack lunch daily, and a lunch schedule will be provided prior to camp so you may come eat with your artist if you wish! Important Information Cost: $200, includes the following: -all art supplies -daily snacks -MSAI t-shirt Applications due: July 1 2013, or until space is full PLUS Camp enrollment has a limited capacity of participants and registration is available on a first come, first serve basis! Reservations will not be taken over the phone. Please remember that PLUS camp fills up quickly, and we must have your application and registration fee to hold a place for your child. To download an application, please visit http://bolognapac.com/education/mississippi-summer-arts-institute/

Instructor Tammy Stanford (left) teaches ballet this morning at the 17th annual Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Mississippi Summer Arts Institute unites diverse students and teachers

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This past Sunday, 39 eager students from all areas of the state joined 10 professional artists from across the country for the 17th annual Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute (MSAI) at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State.

MSAI is powerful evidence of the BPAC’s dedication to artistic education, creative exploration and cultural enrichment. This year, local professors from Delta State unite with guest teaching artists from cities across America to offer classes. Some of the unique and exploratory classes include “The Beatles: Pop Voice,” “Digital Imaging” and “Unarmed Combat for the Stage.”

The camp is designed for middle and high school students from the Delta region and beyond.

“MSAI is remarkable because it not only provides opportunities for students who may otherwise not have access to high-quality arts education, but also encourages them to share what they learn with even wider audiences,” said BPAC director Laura Howell.

By offering both residential housing and scholarships, the programming allows students to share in this distinctive experience regardless of hometown or financial background.

“I made so many friends from all over the place,” a previous scholarship recipient wrote after camp. “The experience of arts camp has already taught me many things I’ve shared with other students. I’d like to have every possible chance to continue to learn as much as I can and use it to improve myself and share with others.”

To underscore this theme of sharing, the camp concludes with two events that are free and open to the public. The community is invited to join the visual art and creative writing classes as students present their works at the closing reception on June 20 at 7 p.m. in the BPAC. The following morning, the performing arts classes will appear in the final performance at 10 a.m., also in the BPAC.

The 2014 MSAI is made possible by support from AT&T, Entergy, the King’s Daughters and Sons Circle Number Two, Domino’s Pizza, Borrow Smart Mississippi, the Crosstie Arts Council and Delta Dairy.

For more information on the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, call 662-846-4844, or visit www.bolognapac.com.