Albany Museum of Art plans holiday camps

Young artists will get into the holiday spirit at a pair of upcoming art camps at the Albany Museum of Art. Sign-up is underway. (Photo: Jim Hendricks/Albany Museum of Art)

ALBANY ─ A pair of upcoming art camps at the Albany Museum of Art will help parents ease their children into and out of the winter holidays.

The Libby Womack Holiday workshop is set for Thursday and Friday — just before Christmas. A Parents Holiday Recovery Camp is scheduled for immediately after New year’s Day — Jan 2-4.

The fifth Libby Womack Holiday Workshop is designed for children in K4 through 5th grade and offers hands-on art experiences, crafts and games. The young participants are placed in work groups according to age and grade level.

“We look forward to this workshop every year,” Chloe Hinton, director of education and programming for the AMA, said. “We’re so appreciative to Jim (Womack) for making this possible.”

The workshop is named in memory of the late Libby Womack, a long-time friend, educator and trustee at the Albany Museum of Art. Her husband of 39 years, Jim, is now a trustee for the museum, where he continues to honor her life and the significant contributions she made in the community.

“The essential thing that was so important for my wife is the value of art,” Jim Womack said. “She wanted it woven or enmeshed into the lives of youth early on.

“She saw art as a means of goodness and cultural respect.”

Womack said his wife saw art as something that “helps make people better.”

“That’s what we want art to continue to be,” he said.

The AMA’s first Parents Holiday Recovery Camp on Jan 2-4 bridges the period between New Year’s Day and the start of school. Parents can drop campers off and rest up after the holidays with the knowledge that their kids will be engaging in creative, entertaining art fun.

Both camps are conducted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with early drop-off every day at 8 a.m. and late pick-up at 5 p.m. (except 4 p.m. Fridays).

Daily prices are the same for both the workshop and camp. A full day is $30 per day for AMA members and $40 for non-members. A half-day is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Full-day campers can be signed up for all three days of the Parents Holiday Recovery Camp for $80 for AMA members and $110 for non-members.

There also is a discount for additional campers from the same family.

Details on both camps are at albanymuseum.com/holiday-workshop.html. Call (229) 439-8400 to register.

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