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Milligan introduces Fine Arts Summer Academy for high school students

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (December 16, 2009) — High school students have a new opportunity to explore the world of music, multimedia, theater and storytelling at the Milligan College Fine Arts Summer Academy.

The Fine Arts Summer Academy allows students, ages 14 to 18, to spend up to two weeks on the Milligan campus, refining their talents and learning from masters in the fine arts disciplines. Participants may also receive dual enrollment credit.

“The camps are a time of self-discovery and creativity for high schoolers at a very important stage in their lives, when they are developing their God-given personalities and talents,” said Steffani Taylor, administrator of the Fine Arts Academy. “They will learn from Milligan’s outstanding fine arts professors and have a lot of fun at the same time.”

The music, multimedia and storytelling camps are one week, June 27-July 3, 2010; the theater seminar is two weeks, June 27-July 10, 2010. Tennessee residents may qualify for the Hope Scholarship to apply toward the registration fee.

Taught by Milligan faculty, the programs include hands-on workshops and lessons, afternoon and evening activities, worship and devotion times, food, and fun outings to local destinations such as Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tenn.

The Fine Arts Academy is a residential camp. Students will stay in Milligan’s residence halls, where they will experience a taste of college life and interaction with Milligan students, who will serve as counselors and staff.

“Many people are already familiar with the Summer Arts Camp for children ages 7 to 14, which has been held at Milligan for the last 18 years,” Taylor said. “This new program is a natural extension of that existing camp and a great way for parents to continue their children’s arts education through summer programming at Milligan.”

Students who participate in the storytelling camp will hone their craft with some of the region’s best storytellers. The week will culminate with a public storytelling performance, where students will showcase their talents.

The music camp offers three tracks: piano, strings and voice. All music students will also have master classes and workshops on the Alexander Technique, a method of learning how to use less effort in activity. The music students will also host a public performance at the end of the week.

Students in the multimedia camp will work in teams of three to plan, produce and present brief documentaries on various aspects of Northeast Tennessee culture. At the end of the week, they will introduce and screen their five-minute documentaries in front of an audience.

The two-week theater seminar is specifically designed for students who are ready to be immersed into the world of theater – on stage and in the classroom. Students will participate in two kinds of workshops, which include acting, voice, movement, mask work, dialects and theater design. At the conclusion of the two-week seminar, the students will present a full production.

“The academy is a celebration of the fine arts, so it’s fitting that we end the camps with the students sharing what they learned with their families and friends,” Taylor said.

For complete details and registration information, visit or contact Steffani Taylor at or 800.262.8337.

Posted by on December 16, 2009.