SIX CAMPS. ONE SUMMER OF FUN.

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Camp Carnegie is a series of six educational, half-day camps for rising sixth through eighth grade students at the Carnegie Center. Experienced, passionate instructors lead fun, hands-on activities at the Carnegie Center while field trips and visits with community leaders deepen learning experiences. Camps encourage summer learning and teach life skills or introduce campers to fascinating fields that could lead to future careers.

Each camp registration fee is $75. The fee is $25 for students enrolled in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Lunch is provided for full-day campers.

CAMP CARNEGIE IS SPONSORED BY:

Crocheting & The Textile Arts

July 8–12, 8:30 AM–12:30 PM

THIS CAMP HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY.

Students will learn beginner crochet stitches as well as what kinds of yarns and hooks to use for different projects. We will explore how yarn is made, dyed, and used to create textile art. We will even take a trip to a local fiber shop to see how they dye and spin their own yarn. Students will learn to create their own small projects using beginner stitches and methods.

MEET YOUR CAMP COUNSELOR

Maddie Mitchell

Maddie Mitchell is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky. They are a writer and poet who also enjoys crocheting and other crafts. They love finding new creative outlets and learning alongside others. They have tutored all age groups in reading and writing. Maddie has been a mentor and a judge in the Lexington Youth Poet Laureate program. They have also worked with the Hopewell Museum in Paris, KY as a counselor for their photography camp. 

Ink Tales: Telling Stories with Comics & Visual Narrative

July 8–12, 1:00–5:00 PM

THIS CAMP HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY.

Using sequential art and illustration, make your ideas come to life on the page! In this new camp, Bryce returns to Camp Carnegie to help students express their creativity through art and comic illustrations. Students will learn pacing, story-telling tricks, and plotting that will help them take their creations to the next level!

MEET YOUR CAMP COUNSELOR

Bryce Oquaye

I'm beyond fortunate to have 10 years of experience as an illustrator, sequential artist, and designer. I have been a part of a wide range of projects, including comics, animation, cover art, and apparel design. After years of development, my style has not only become unique, but also, hopefully, the next wave of illustration that showcases a merger of different multi-cultural influences and stylized draftsmanship. I’ve taught a comics class at a previous Camp Carnegie. I’ve also worked with the Bourbon County Library, LASC, Lexington Art League, and taught art and storytelling courses at Fayette County Public Schools. Visit his website: madhundreds.myportfolio.com.

Finding Me in Poetry

July 15–19, 8:30 AM–12:30 PM

THIS CAMP HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY.

This course is designed to give students the confidence, comfortablity, and craft elements to tell their story through poetry and prose. It will utilize daily prompts, journaling, music, art, imagination, and learning craft elements (i.e. metaphor, simile, rhythm and rhyme scheme) to help students learn the value of expression on the page and find themselves in their poetry. The goal of this course is to help students create 3-5 poems they will present at a reading for their family and friends giving them a jumpstart onto their path as burgeoning poets!

MEET YOUR CAMP COUNSELOR

Deidra White

Deidra White is a Lexington, Ky. native, a University of Kentucky MFA Candidate, and an aspiring Affrilachian Poet. She received the 2022 Farquhar Award for Poetry, “Meihua” the Patricia and William Stacy Endowed Fellowship for Distinguished Honors in English, the William Hugh Jansen Fiction Award in the Art of Storytelling/Folklore, “Woodstock” the 2023 Winner of the Broadside Poetry Contest, “When They Came” and the 2023 winner of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Nonfiction Award for her contemporary piece, “DUCK”. She recently read her piece, "Here In Kentucky" at the University of Kentucky 2023 Commencement at the behest of President Eli Capiluto and was the Keynote Speaker for the Lexington Youth Poet Laureate. Her work engages the tradition of Affrilachian writing and explores the intricate dynamics of Black womanhood with an eye to connections of the past to present. 

Creative Storytelling

July 15–19, 1:00–5:00 PM

THIS CAMP HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY.

Everyone tells stories, but what makes a GOOD story? Whether you like art, dance, or spoken word, this class has it all! Students will be encouraged to explore all kinds of storytelling through field trips and activities designed to inspire creativity and communication!

MEET YOUR CAMP COUNSELORS

Meg Whelan

Meg Whelan (she/her) is a poet born and raised in Kentucky. She is currently a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky. Her artistic practice integrates text, visual art, and movement as holistic modes of storytelling. When not at her desk, you can catch strolling at the Arboretum, singing to her herb garden, and daydreaming about where she wants to travel next. Prior to my studies, Meg worked at Art Equals, a community art non-profit in Northern Kentucky, where I facilitated hands-on classes for folks from ages 4 to 82. 

Journalism 101

July 22–26, 8:30 AM–12:30 PM

In this camp, students will gain an insight into journalism. Learn how to be a journalist, how to start your own newspaper, and what resources are available to you (public records, experts, grants, scholarships and internships) as a young journalist. These up and coming ace reporters will also learn about ethics in journalism.

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Liz Carey

Liz Carey is a journalist, author and writing teacher living in Central Kentucky. A graduate of Miami University, she worked as a reporter for 20+ years before setting off on her own as a freelance writer. Currently, she writes about rural health, Appalachian culture, the transportation industry, workers’ compensation and Kentucky arts and entertainment. Liz has been an instructor at the Carnegie Center for four years and previously an adjunct instructor of English for Gateway Community College.

Screenwriting for Middle Schoolers

July 22–26, 1:00–5:00 PM

THIS CAMP HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY.

In this course, back by popular demand, students will learn all about what it takes to write a movie, TV show or play! Craft a short script and watch it unfold as students and actors read and perform your work. Watch films, break them down, and create the next cinematic masterpiece!

MEET YOUR CAMP COUNSELOR

Rebekah Strain

Rebekah Strain has a Bachelor's of University Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education and Learning/Behavior Disorders Special Education. She holds a passion for writing and helping others achieve their creative goals. Strain has received multiple accolades for her fiction, non-fiction, and screenwriting work, earning multiple awards for her creations, and is also a regular contributor for Pan Pipes, the quarterly journal of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.  Rebekah has given workshops and sat on countless panels on topics that include creating book trailers and utilizing rhetoric in fiction at Imaginarium Convention, a convention for writers and storytellers of all genres in Louisville, KY. She resides in Lexington, KY.

The Carnegie Center is home to writers, lifelong learners, & the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. We hope to see you soon!

Contact Us

251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507

(859) 254-4175
info@carnegiecenterlex.org

Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 7:30PM
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED