The American Camp Association estimates the price tag for the average day camp at $304 per week and for the average resident camp at $690 per week-a fairly steep check to write during the summer months.
For the residents of Glass Street and now the greater Chattanooga community, however, that bill can read a very friendly $0.
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Glass House Collective is partnering with local businesses Brush Paint and Sip and Art120 to offer four free camps for adults and children ages 7 and older.
“We see a lot of kids riding bikes around the neighborhood,” said Teal Thibaud, communications and outreach director with Glass House Collective. “We want to provide them a way to not only get involved in their community but also learn some skills they have not learned in school or elsewhere.”
Those skills range from welding and printmaking to engineering and design-all for free.
The schedule of four weeklong camps began yesterday with the Art120 camp for adults 18 years and older and runs through Friday, July 26.
In addition to the ongoing Art120 camp, which is an introduction to art bike construction with the necessary design, engineering, welding and artistic embellishment elements that takes place at Custom Cycles on Glass Street, the local arts business will hold a similar camp for teens age 11 and older.
A Brush Paint and Sip camp for children ages 7 to 13, involving the basics of painting, printmaking, self-portraiture and pottery and taking place at Glass House Collective offices, is scheduled for the third week of the month, July 15-19.
Finally, the fourth week of the month, from July 22-26, will see the camps move back to Custom Cycles for Building Blocks, a session on the foundations of drawing and construction and translating those skills into architecture.
The Art120 camps run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the other two programs are half-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The summer activities are being funded via a number of avenues, such as grants for materials, community outreach and Glass House Collective’s own budget.
“We’ll have Andy Smith, a well-known architect, and Sally Morrow, who was our intern last year, for the Building Blocks camp,” Thibaud said. “Funding for that will come out of the Glass House Collective budget because we have dollars for design-related projects.”
Though the Brush Paint and Sip camp is currently full, the Art120 camp for kids has limited spaces available, and the Building Blocks camp is accepting more campers.
Thibaud explained that the original concept for the summer programs was to open them solely for the neighborhood, and while the four camps are now welcoming all Chattanooga residents, she noted she would give preference to Glass Street residents should it come down to the last few spots.