Camp Carnegie 2021

Camp Carnegie is a series of half-day, one-week summer camps for students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grades. These hands-on, educational camps are taught by instructors with field experience in the camp topic.

$75 per camp; reduced price of $25 per camp is available for students on free/reduced lunch

Space is limited. Payment reserves the student’s space in camp. Lunch is provided for all-day campers. Partial refunds available through June 17. No refunds after June 17

Week of July 6–9

Mad Scientists with JC McPherson, Mad Scientist & Lifelong Learner
July 6–9, 8:30 am–12:30 pm

Do those science experiments on social media really work? Come join the Mad Scientist JC McPherson and put science into action. We’ll create our own lo-fi telephones, giant bubbles, and much, much more. Bring your curiosity and an open mind–because we are going to surprise you. Through discussions, videos, and hands-on demonstrations, we will explore science and have fun doing it.


Find Your Light with Kate Hadfield-Antonetti, Executive & Artistic Director of movement continuum (Sold out!)
July 6-9, 1–5 pm

Join us this summer for an immersive performing arts experience! If you want a home in the theatre world, there’s always a place for you. From character and costume design to movement and writing, whether you’re under the stage lights or behind the scenes, it takes an arts village to produce a show. We’ll find what sparks our creativity and work hands-on with elements of live theatre and dance, creating characters, costumes, sets, short works, and movement. Diving into the stories that inspire us, campers will produce short works with their peers to present to family and friends at the end of the week. Kate Hadfield-Antonetti combines her passion for theatre and education on a daily basis as director of her own company and as a teacher with Fayette County Public Schools.


Week of July 12–16

Mind Games: Nature Photography & Your Brain with Karen Lanier, Writer & Photographer
July 12–16, 8:30–12:30 pm

Use your camera and pen as meditation tools for eliminating distractions and focusing on what is important. Students will immerse themselves in the natural world and express its wonders and delights through photography and creative writing. Through simple mindfulness exercises, students will train their eyes and brains to focus on natural beauty while improving their personal artistic style. Bring a notebook and use your own camera or phone, or borrow one of ours. Karen Lanier is an environmental educator and writer with degrees in photography, foreign language, conservation studies, and documentary studies.


Grow! with Christine Smith, Executive Director of Seedleaf
July 12–16, 1–5 pm

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a gardener? Would you like to help your family and friends design and create their own gardens or grow their own food? Join Seedleaf to learn about garden design and maintenance. We will be taking walking field trips to nearby gardens (including Seedleaf gardens!) to learn about their history and layout. We will also sample the vegetables encountered! The week will culminate in participants creating a container garden that will live at the Carnegie Center. Be prepared to spend the majority of your time outdoors working, walking, and dreaming of gardens.


Week of July 1923

Hip Hop: Lyricism & Leadership with Devine Carama, Hip Hop Artist & Director of Believing in Forever, Inc.
July 19–23, 8:30–12:30 pm

Did you know that hip hop was created in the late 1970s to be a voice for the voiceless in underserved communities? In this upbeat camp, we will explore the origins of hip hop culture, which has its root in rap music and community activism. Join us for a week of creating poems and songs for a local nonprofit, writing an open letter to the Mayor, and more activities designed to encourage the creative leader in all of you!


Junior Entrepreneurs with Cierra Pickens-Spaulding, Community Activist & Entrepreneur
July 19–23, 1–5 pm

Come learn the ins and outs of being your own boss! We’ll study business design, planning, and implementation in a fun and creative environment with the goal of producing a real product during camp. We’ll dream big but go local–and at the end of the week be hawking our wares like a true entrepreneur. Cierra Pickens-Spaulding is an accomplished entrepreneur who took the leap to create her own destiny, and she’s willing to share her expertise to launch the next generation of creative thinkers.


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July 6th, 2021
8:30am - 5:00pm
Carnegie Center
251 W 2nd St, Lexington, KY 40507

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

Join Us

251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

The building is currently closed to the public until further notice.

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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