Today’s economic climate has resulted in a dramatic decrease in educational funding in general, and arts funding in particular. Yet exposure to the arts has been proven to be a critical element in the intellectual and emotional development of young children. Accordingly, Fred and Dinah Gretsch are taking steps to ensure that the children of Savannah have an unprecedented opportunity to experience and participate in the creative arts.
Thanks to generous support from the Gretsch Music Company, the 2009 Gretsch Institute Music, Art & Dance Camp will be held on the campus of the Savannah Country Day School from June 8 through July 3. Launched in the summer of 2008, this unique camp offers rising 2nd through 8th graders an opportunity to expand their creativity and their artistic skills through an inspiring multi-dimensional arts curriculum. Small-group settings pair students with talented artists, musicians, and instructors during four one-week sessions of full or half-day camp.
Campers will find intrigue, fascination, and fun in a variety of traditional and eclectic courses, including collage, dance, drawing, guitar, pottery, sculpture, beginning orchestra, Suzuki strings, theater, and much more! In addition to the class programs, throughout each week campers will enjoy Midday Music concerts followed by question-and-answer sessions with professional musicians.
“The Gretsch family has been making great drums and guitars for 125 years,” says Fred Gretsch. “We know how important it is to get kids involved with music-and, indeed, with all the arts-at an early age. It makes a major difference in their lives. We’re pleased to be able to contribute toward making that difference.”
Media Coverage Is Encouraged The Gretsch Institute Music, Art & Dance Camp will take place on the campus of Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Dr., Savannah, GA 31419. The event will provide an excellent opportunity for TV and print media feature coverage illustrating how, in difficult times, the Gretsch Company is helping children and making a difference in the Savannah community. To arrange for live, on-site coverage, contact Josceline Reardon (Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid and Summer Programs Coordinator) at (912) 961-8807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Week 1: June 8-12
- Week 2: June 15-19
- Week 3: June 22-26
- Week 4: June 29-July 3
For more information, download the Gretsch Institute Flyer.