APPLETON MUSEUM PRESENTS SUMMER ART CAMP, ‘FIRST SATURDAYS’ PROGRAM AND MORE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTHS

(OCALA, Fla.) May 19, 2010 — During the summer months, children and youths can enjoy a Summer Art Camp, a monthly “First Saturday” program and Scavenger Hunts for everyone at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College. All activities include admission to the Appleton Museum’s permanent art collection galleries and temporary exhibitions featuring the “Appleton Biennial 2010: Florida Installation Art” and “American Masters from the Permanent Collection of John and Jean Wilkinson.”

Regular daily admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CFCC students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

The Appleton’s Summer Art Camp will be offered in two one-week sessions, July 19-23 and Aug. 2-6, with a series of interactive art projects and activities for children and youths ages 7-14. The sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Per student fees are $80 for members and $90 for nonmembers. For more information and registration, contact Appleton Educator Korene Wilbanks at 352-291-4455, ext. 1613, or wilbankk@cf.edu.

The “First Saturday” program will be offered in June, July and August with special art projects and educational activities for children and youths ages 4-17. Scheduled on June 5, 1-3 p.m., will be Chalk The Walk, a juried sidewalk competition around the Appleton’s fountain with prizes for best artwork in three age categories. On July 3, 1-3 p.m., will be Symbol of Freedom, an educational program on the history of the American flag and a hands-on project with each student making their own flag. On Aug. 7, 1-3 p.m., will be The Big Dig; students will learn the techniques that archaeologists use to uncover ancient art, participate in a mini archaeological dig and research the artifacts discovered.

Throughout the summer, the Appleton is also providing free Scavenger Hunt booklets to all guests to lead them through the galleries in search of answers relating to the museum’s art collections that include European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by Central Florida Community College, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.