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Living History Summer Camp: Delta Cultural Heritage & Arts Program

July 16, 2018 8:30 AM to July 27, 2018 12:00PM

Delta Cultural Center  - 141 Cherry Street, Historic Downtown Helena AR



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According to Dr. Kyle Miller, director of the DCC, the program’s format is one-of-a-kind. “It’s very unique and will be the only afterschool program in Phillips County that has at its core, a cultural arts, history and literacy focus,” he pointed out. “Unlike traditional summer and afterschool programs, it will engage youth in very inspiring and effective ways,” 

All original works will draw from the rich cultural heritage and history of the Delta. This will include a study of three local historical sites—the Dixon, Magnolia, and Confederate cemeteries. The youth will write oral histories on noteworthy people who are buried in each cemetery. Then, they will perform these oral histories for the public at locations within the selected cemeteries, similar to Little Rock Parkview’s “Tales from the Crypt,” which is presented annually at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock [Arkansas], each October. Through a sequence of extraordinary techniques like these, "students are expected to develop important oratory, acting, and writing skills while also building their literacy skills,” Dr. Miller said.

Youth are currently being recruited to participated in this program.  For more information, those interested should contact Dr. Kyle Miller at [email protected].

Photo:  The summer session of the DCC's new cultural education program will utilize dramatic performance to enhance students' reading, writing, and oratory skills.  

  

 


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