Key West Art & Historical Society to Offer ArtCamp! For Students at Fort East Martello Museum During Thanksgiving Break
October 3, 2023 – (KEY WEST, FL). The Key West Art & Historical Society is offering a three-day fall ArtCamp! at Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Boulevard that takes inspiration from vintage traveling in the Florida Keys. Taking place from November 20-22, ArtCamp! will provide a full-day in-person camp for children aged 5 to 10. Registered campers will immerse themselves in museum exhibits, enjoy the recently upgraded adjacent parade grounds, engage in fun and creative art projects, and participate in hands-on STEAM activities.
The Society’s ArtCamp! program, which takes place during the students' Thanksgiving break, will spotlight the various ways that residents and visitors have traveled to the Florida Keys since the nineteenth century. Prior to the completion of the Overseas Highway, tourists went to great lengths to vacation in the island chain. Spending days on a train, flying in airplanes that landed on the water, and catching car ferries were just some of the obstacles that travelers experienced. During the three-day camp, students will discover more about these modes of transportation through hands-on learning, outdoor field games, and daily arts and crafts projects.
“Traveling to Key West was complex and sluggish before the 1930s,” says Kassandra Collett, education specialist for the Society. “The Overseas Highway did not fully connect the Florida Keys until 1938, so people were forced to catch a car ferry in order to complete a road trip, or they traveled by plane, boat or train. This camp will not only allow us to share this history through various field games, but also by examining objects related to Florida Key’s tourism industry.”
Registration for ArtCamp! is currently open. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day between November 20 and November 22. The cost is $120 for Society members and $150 for non-members and includes all supplies needed for hands-on projects. Supplies for each camp are provided by the organization. Space is limited, early registration is encouraged.
For additional information about ArtCamp!, visit www.kwahs.org/childrens-programs, or contact Kassandra Collett on 305-295-6616 x504, firstname.lastname@example.org. ArtCamp! is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, with additional support provided by The Helmerich Trust. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.
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