Seventeen area youth recently attended an Architecture and Design camp that offers rising 9th grade through 12th grade students the opportunity to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentations and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones school of Architecture.
Approximately $11,000 in scholarships were awarded to area youth to attend the the summer design camp. The full scholarships paid for each student’s housing, meals, materials, supplies and instructions provided by the Fay Jones School of Architecture professors for the entire week of June 11 – June 15.
Students were given the opportunity to work closely with faculty and their peers in a fun and creative studio environment.
The 17 students, selected for the summer camp by their school counselors, had an option to participate in one of two design camps on campus. Design Camp I was taught by architecture professors Alison Turner, Lynn Fitzpatrick and Lisa Skiles. Design Camp II (Advanced) was taught by Noah Billig and Angie Carpenter. Turner previously taught STE+AM (science, technology, engineering, art plus architecture and math) at schools in Lake Village and in Monticello. Carpenter previously assisted professor Russell Rudzinski with teaching STE+AM at schools in McGehee, Dumas and Lake Village.
The Alex Foundation presented the camp information to the students and schools in the spring of this year, assisted them with their application and organized their involvement with the University of Arkansas. The Alex Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and the Fay Jones School of Architecture have a long-standing partnership. Their collaboration ensures area youth have exposure to college life and an equal opportunity to experience architecture and design first hand.
Transportation cost for the students was made possible though the support of retired Judge Don Glover, Beyond Foundation and the Frank D. Hickingbotham Foundation Trust. Sheila Hoffman, of The Gift of Love, Faye Parker and Deborah Patterson transported the students. Patterson, a high school counselor, and Faye Parker served as chaperones.
In addition to recommending students for camp, the middle school and high school counselors were instrumental in working with the Alex Foundation to ensure the students’ application process was coordinated with their parents.
Architecture and Design camp offers rising 9th grade through 12th grade students the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentations and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones school of Architecture. Students are given the opportunity to work closely with faculty and work together with peers in a fun and creative studio environment.
For more information about the Fay Jones School of Architecture design camp, contact Judy Stone at [email protected] or 479-575-2399.