Kids learn about arts and culture at Walter Elwood Museum summer camp


Jazz music played on an old Word War 2-era phonograph filled the room on Tuesday at the Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam as children listened and painted the images that came to mind. It was just one of the fun experiences designed to help them learn about the poets, musicians, and artists who were part of the Harlem Renaissance. Later in the week, they also learned about African tribal masks and Cubism by working on a variety of hands-on arts and craft projects.

This year, the museum is able to offer their annual summer program free of charge to the community, thanks to the sponsorship of Dr. Rao, Stewart’s Holiday Match, The Children’s Aid Association, Mohawk Carpet Foundation, and the Montgomery County Youth Board.

The half-day program will continue for the next two weeks and will feature the themes “Colors, Reflections & Kaleidoscopes” and “Art Around the World.” According to Director Ann Peconie, there are still a small number of spots open for additional children to join. Contact the museum at (518) 843-5151 or email for more information.

Tim Becker

Tim Becker is the owner of Anthem Websites Inc. which publishes The Compass. He serves as both editor and a writer.