The Alex Foundation will host an architecture and design summer camp this week at the McGehee Depot Museum in McGehee.
The free summer camp will introduce rising seventh-grade girls to architecture, design and the built environment.
Amanda Sturgell, an architect with the Little Rock-based firm of Polk Stanley Wilcox (PSW) Architects where more than 50 percent of the firm’s entire professionals are women, will be the guest speaker.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, Sturgell is a LEED accredited professional in building design + construction, and is experienced in leading projects that are seeking sustainable certifications through both the LEED and Green Globes programs. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and currently serves on the AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals Committee.
Yolande Van Heerden, an educator, designer and artist, will teach the campers.
A native of South Africa, Van Heerden celebrates her homeland’s international cultural diversity through her community outreach work, and draws upon the country’s richness through her own designs. Van Heerden has taught for more than 30 years, six of which have been in the Mississippi Delta. She has conducted workshops and summer programs at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta and ArtPlace Mississippi, and is a Mississippi Arts Commission artist. Van Heerden is currently a resident of Greenwood, Mississippi.
The Alex Foundation is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization that engages youth in architecture, design and the built environment. For more information on the Alex Foundation or to donate, visit alex-foundation.org.