Arts Explosion enrollment open, classes filling up


July will be the month for creativity for youth from grades K to 12 as the Chisholm Trail Arts Council (CTAC) will host their annual Arts Explosion week. Classes are July 15-19 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds where students will have a chance to dive in and get their minds working as they do hands on projects.

Darcy Reeves, CTAC executive director, said the summer day camp opened the world of performing and fine arts to countless young people throughout Stephens County. 

“We have provided Arts Explosion for our community since about 1991, “ she said. “ BancFirst sponsors this and we appreciate their support — their support helps us provide scholarships for students who might otherwise not be able to attend.”

Every school district in the county has access to Art Explosion and even children from out of town are welcome too according to Reeves.

“We target all ages of children K through 12th grade. We have three different groups — our largest group is group 1 which is 3rd through 5th grades, we still have room in that,” she said. “Our other two groups — the K through 2nd grades and the teen groups, are full so we are really proud about that, we are two months out and we already filling those classes.”

However, if you are unsure about the cost there is still help.

“If you do have any 3rd through 5th grade students who are interested in Arts Explosion we have a couple of scholarships left,” Reeves said. “It’s a great program, we pay about 10 to 12 different artists each year so they can get paid for their services.”

The classes times are as follows:

• 3rd - 5th: 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

• K - 2nd: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

• 6th - 12th: 3 to 5 p.m.

Arts Explosion is also made possible through grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and McCasland Foundation.

For more information, please contact Chisholm Trail Arts Council at 580-252-4160.