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2016 Campers shown with Luis Purón, Executive Director, Rockport Center for the Arts, Karen Selim, President of the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, Jack Wright, Foundation’s Board of Directors representing Aransas County and Karen Ernst, Director of Education, Rockport Center for the Arts.

THE 19TH EDITION OF ARTLINK SUMMER ART CAMP IS MARKED BY 17% INCREASE IN ENROLLMENT OVER PREVIOUS YEAR.

FREE FOR STUDENTS WHO RESIDE IN ARANSAS COUNTY, ARTLINK PROVIDED OVER 5,000 CONTACT HOURS IN ART EDUCATION.

The 19th edition of ArtLink Summer Art Camp for Kids and Teens concluded Friday, July 29 with a total enrollment of 403 students, a 17% increase over last year’s attendance of 345. The free program provided over 5,000 of art education contact hours and employed 14 staff members and interns.

The camp is free for students who attend school in Aransas County, and $75 for those who attend school outside Aransas County. All camp sessions lasted one week and were open to children who will enter grades 1st through 8th in the fall semester. This year’s theme allowed students to explore marine life through planned, and teacher guided art activities in a classroom environment.

Research shows that students who engage in arts education perform better in the classroom, on standardized tests, and are less likely to drop-out or experience truancy. Arts education helps students develop self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation needed for high achievement in school.

Every year ArtLink receives support from the City of Rockport, the Margaret Sue Rust Foundation, the Nystrom Family Foundation, the Coastal Bend Community Foundation and individual donors. "ArtLink is a great program that the Coastal Bend Community Foundation has helped sponsor for many years. On my recent visit, it was so gratifying to see these children thoroughly engrossed in and learning from the art they were creating" stated Karen Selim, President of the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.

The program is also supported by an endowment and next year it will celebrate its 20th anniversary. “ArtLink gives young students access to culture, art history and art theory which improves their overall performance in school,” stated Karen Ernst, Director of Education at Rockport Center for the Arts. “This year the response form the community has been incredible.”

About Rockport Center for the Arts

Rockport Center for the Arts, a vibrant multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organization of 47 years with over 700 active members, is located on Aransas Bay in Rockport, Texas. It is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures expression and appreciation of art for residents and visitors. The City of Rockport, famous for its vast colony of more than 800 artists, has been identified as “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America” by John Villani and “Top 10 Artist Colonies” by Allen Bunting in Coastal Living Magazine.

Rockport Center for the Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. Admission is always free. For more information call (361)729-5519 or visit rockportartcenter.com.

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