Bicentennial Art Camps at OMFA
The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art will host the Kentucky Historical Society's
HistoryMobile as a feature of its second summer art camp for children
presented as a part of the celebration of the Daviess County Bicentennial,
July 14 to 18. The free camp and HistoryMobile experience are sponsored at
the museum by Owensboro Grain Company.
"Scholarship meets the graphic novel" best describes the exhibit featured in
the 18-wheeler HistoryMobile, "Torn Within and Threatened Without:
Kentuckians in the Civil War." Brightly colored graphics of historical
characters who lived in Kentucky during the Civil War era are complemented
by artifacts and interactive components which allow children to relive the
experiences of these individuals. The exhibit is designed as a learning lab
and is targeted for grade levels 4 through 12.
The historical figures in the exhibit include:
* Henry Clay and John J. Crittenden, Kentucky politicians who try to
compromise and avoid war over slavery.
* Ben Buckner, a slave-owning Union officer who fights for the Union
but feels betrayed by President Abraham Lincoln and his own slave, Jim.
* Henry Lane Stone, a young Kentuckian who is trying to decide which
army to join.
* Elijah Marrs, a slave who is choosing whether to join the Union
* Ellen Wallace, a slave-owning woman trying to adjust to a changing
* John Marshall Harlan, a Supreme Court Justice ruling on civil rights
in the post-war period.
Following the tour of the HistoryMobile, camp participants will meet
under canopies in Ryan Park where they will replicate maps of early and
present-day Daviess County and create crafts made by children in the
Civil-War era. Camp participants will also receive the Bicentennial
Coloring Book published by the museum and the Daviess County Bicentennial
Camp and tour sessions are scheduled from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for
children 6 to 9 years old and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for children 10 years and
above. Registration is required for the camp and may be made by phoning the
museum at 270-685-3181.
Public hours for the tours of the HistoryMobile are 3:00 to 4:00
p.m. Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 18.
The museum's regular hours are Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00
p.m. Admission to the museum is FREE although voluntary donations are
requested of $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
Bicentennial Art Camp II is scheduled July 14 - 17 and will feature tours of
the Kentucky Historical Society's HistoryMobile and its exhibit, Kentucky
and the Civil War. Following each tour, students will be introduced to
mapmaking in the tradition of early explorers of the region.
The free camp programming, now in its tenth season, is sponsored by
Owensboro Grain Company and is the only local fine arts camp specifically
designed to reach the community's financially challenged children. Half of
the seats in each class are reserved for registrants from local community
service organizations. After those are filled, reservations from the
general public are confirmed.
Registration may be completed by calling the museum at (270) 685-3181 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum's regular hours are Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.,
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the museum is FREE although voluntary donations are requested
of $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
Access for physically challenged individuals is provided at the Atrium entrance in the 9th Street parking lot.
For more information phone (270) 685-3181 or visit the museum's
website, www.omfa.us, or view Facebook and Twitter.