'There's an element of magic in this,' kids challenge their creativity in art camp

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Using their imaginations, along with everyday objects, to create masterpieces.

This week at the Church of Love Community Center, Art Camp is under way and full of creativity.

Built in the 1950's, The Church of Love is now a community center owned by the Cook Inlet Housing Authority. Different events now fill the walls of the once Baptist church-- this week's being home to a program full of paint, sculptures and giggles.

Art Camp was started in the summer of 2018 as a way to build community through arts education.

"Watching kids work is energizing-- it's exhausting," says Graham Dane, the camp's visual arts instructor. "But seeing them start with a few scraps, or in our case, twigs and newspaper, and seeing a process-- the excitement when they've got to the end product, and seeing that sense of pride and joy, there's an element of magic in this."

The Church of Love Art Camp is a Cook Inlet Housing Authority program with support from an ArtPlace America Community Development Investment Grant.

"Access to arts education gives kids an outlet, a way to express themselves, it gives them confidence," says Candace Blas, the Church of Love Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator. "It allows them to nurture skills that they have."

The camp is an all inclusive experience with scholarship opportunities available.

Blas tells Channel 2 they have hopes of expanding the one week camp in the future.

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