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Students of all ages on campus for Milligan’s busy summer program schedule

Fine Arts Summer AcademyMILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (June 17, 2013) — The fine arts are in the spotlight this week at Milligan College as more than 170 elementary, middle school and high school students are on campus to celebrate and learn about the arts.

The college is hosting two fine arts programs—the Milligan College Fine Arts Summer Academy for high school students ages 14 to 18 (June 16-21) and the Summer Arts Camp for children ages 7 to 13 (June 17-21).

In addition, this week Milligan is hosting a soccer day camp for children ages 5-11.

These camps are part of Milligan’s busy summer schedule, which is full of programs ranging from sports camps to faith-based conferences to quiz bowl competitions.

Fine Arts Summer Academy

The Milligan College Fine Arts Summer Academy is an opportunity for high school students to cultivate their talents on the campus of a premier liberal arts college—while earning dual enrollment college credit.

Now in its fourth year, the Fine Arts Academy welcomes more than 40 students from 11 states to Milligan’s campus this week. The participants choose from three concentrations including music, theater and digital media (digital photography, videography and graphic design).

This year, participants are from Tennessee, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

The program includes hands-on workshops and lessons, afternoon and evening activities, worship and devotion times, food, and fun outings to local destinations. Students have the option of staying in Milligan’s residence halls throughout the week or participating as a day student.

During their time at the Fine Arts Academy, the students prepare musical, stage and multimedia productions and performances. The week culminates with a showcase of their work on Friday, June 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with an exhibition of the digital photography and graphic design projects in the lobby of Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. Students will be on hand to discuss their work.

At 6 p.m., music and theater performances begin in the Gregory Center’s McGlothlin-Street Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Summer Arts Camp

For more than 20 years, the Summer Arts Camp has been the region’s original arts-in-the-summer day camp for elementary and middle school children. It’s directed by Milligan alumnus and teacher Keith Hertzog, a retired Johnson City Schools educator.

Hertzog and Carlene Eastridge, camp coordinator and owner of Eastridge Academy of Music, join teachers from throughout the region each summer to educate students about the arts and encourage them to explore their unique gifts and ideas in a fun, Christian environment. This year, 124 students are participating in the camp. The theme for the week is “Peace, Love & Art.”

The children also will share a sampling of their activities at a closing program on Friday, June 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Milligan’s Seeger Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the fine arts camps at Milligan, call 423.461.8764.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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