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Butler Art Center summer camps offer creative outlet

Harper Smietana, 6, takes home a campsite diorama she made during the Summer Fun Camp at Butler Art Center on Friday. Joseph Ressler/Butler Eagle
Crafty campers

A Butler-based summer camp features campers’ summer crafts in an art gallery.

The Butler Art Center hosts summer camps for children and for teens, teaching them not only different artistic mediums, but information about the weekly subjects. For instance, the week of Aug. 8 through 12 has a national parks theme.

“For the national parks week, I’ll be teaching them about the animals in the parks and where they are,” said Alina Glath, an instructor at the art center.

The Butler Art Center began hosting the camps last summer, which Shirley McCauley, board secretary for the Associated Artists of Butler County, said were well-attended.

The camps this year began June 13, and will continue until Aug. 12. Five children attended the “summer fun camp” throughout the week, and McCauley said there are plenty of spots open for the rest of the summer camps.

McCauley said the camps cost $30 per day or $140 for a week, but the art center has needs-based scholarships that can pay for children’s enrollment.

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