MORGANTOWN , W.Va.Fifty students between the ages of 13-18 from various West Virginia cities and counties emerged on the West Virginia University campus this week to engage in the states African American Arts and Heritage Academy Summer Camp.
During the cultural enrichment week, academy attendees stay at the WVU Towers dorms and participate in their chosen disciplines forthree to fourhours of activities per day. Students may choose from disciplines such as history/culture, literature/creative writing, dance, museum studies, audio/video technology, vocal and instrumental music, theater arts and visual arts.
Activities throughout the week include a lecture on world-renowned African-American painter Jacob Lawrence by Dr. Bernard Schultz, dean of the WVU College of Creative Arts and appearances by guest performance artists such as hip-hop artist, 66 240, of Morgantown, who is the son of Norman and Brucella Jordan, the founders of the academy; Lady D, of Beckley, W.Va., who performed during the inaugural ceremonies for President Barack Obama; Fredrica Dooley-Brown, of Morgantown, a former academy alum, who is now a junior in music therapy and performance at Shenandoah Universitys Conservatory. Dooley-Brown will present a module and selections on preparing to become a professional opera singer.
Attendees will also engage in a workshop on communication of the Swahili language presented by doctoral student Harrison Oonge from the College of Human Resources and Educations Curriculum and Instruction Department.
On Wednesday evening, the academy students and faculty will take part in a talent show, which allows students to display their talents outside of their particular study area. These events are open to the public.
The academy will culminate the week with its grand finale showcase on Saturday at 1 p.m. at WVU s National Research for Coal and Energy Conference Room.
The West Virginia African American Arts and Heritage Academy summer camp is sponsored by the Charleston Gazette Send a Child to Camp Fund, the Jacobson Foundation and the Robert H. Mollohan Family Charitable Foundation.