Literacy and Art Celebrated at Very Important Kid Summer Camp

Published: July 13, 2015

Literacy and Art Celebrated at Very Important Kid Summer Camp

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center bustled with activity this summer, as approximately 80 local grade school children participated in the 16th annual Very Important Kid (VIK) Arts and Reading Summer Camp. The camp, which is hosted with the help of the Art Museum of South Texas, was divided into two, two-week camp sessions that consisted of a half a day of art and performance activities, and half a day of reading enrichment activities.

“The art portion of camp builds confidence in children and provides a positive outlet for children to express themselves, while reading camp changes children's attitudes towards reading so those who did not like to read actually learn to appreciate it,” stated Andrea Elizondo, Director of The Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center. “Parent surveys conducted this summer provided evidence that families who attend our reading camp end up reading more with their children at home.”

In art session II of the camp, which ran from June 22 to July 3, students were inspired by Andy Warhol and other pop artists to create superhero self-portraits, abstract paintings, prints, watercolor landscapes, paper mache, and more. The students also created comic books and short skits featuring villains and superheroes. On the final day of camp, family and friends were invited to an art exhibition and performance, complete with a picnic-style lunch, courtesy of Commissioner Joe A. Gonzales, a camp sponsor who donated camp scholarships to 25 deserving students.

VIK Camp 2015 is sponsored in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Valero Refining, the Blanche Davis Moore Foundation, BBVA Compass Bank, Commissioner Joe A. Gonzales, and Mrs. A. Ortiz.

“The Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center is continuously looking for donations so that more families will have access to their summer camp,” said Elizondo. “We want to reach as many families as possible so more children have the opportunity to gain a positive attitude towards learning.”

The Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center is managed by the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.