Cooking, drama, arts on tap at Southern Cultural

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is gearing up for the summer with programs ranging from arts and drama to cooking.

“If kids have not tried one of our programs, as soon as they do, they’ll want to continue with the program,” said Annette Kirklin, SCHF executive director. “They are all quality programs.”

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Kids’ summer programs are being offered at the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 601-631-2997 or e-mail

• Multicultural Arts Camp for Kids — 8 a.m.-noon June 22-26; performance, exhibit June 26; ages 6-12; $50 per child for supplies, materials, snack.

• Southern DramaKids — 9-11 a.m. July 13-17 and July 20-24; Academy Awards July 27; ages 12-18; $50 per child.

• Fairy Tale Cooking — 10-11 a.m. July 7; ages 10 and younger; $15 per child, free for parents.

The SCHF’s Multicultural Arts Camp for Kids will kick off the lineup with sessions set for 8 a.m. to noon June 22-26.

Students will learn about the art, dance, music and foods of different cultures.

Vicksburg High School teachers Kathy Gibson, an art instructor, and Tracy Gibson, choral director, will lead the camp. Students will present a performance and exhibit on the last day of the camp.

Fairy Tale Cooking, for children 10 and younger, is next on the roster and will be at 10 a.m. July 7.

The one-hour class will feature three stations that children can visit and hear stories and sample foods associated with each tale. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite character.

The cost is $15 per child. Parents are required to attend, but will be admitted free.

The final activity on the schedule is a partnership between the SCHF and Vicksburg Theatre Guild. The two will present Southern DramaKids, a performing arts camp set in two five-day sessions in July. 

“We tried to do it in the fall, but did not have enough kids sign up because kids are so busy during the school year,” said Kirklin. “This would be such a great program and a neat thing for them to do.”

The camp is open to ages 12-18 and will teach acting and speaking skills, as well as include self-esteem building activities.

VTG instructors will teach stage crafts, set designs, improvisation, projection and delivery, reading and auditions, voice, skits and vocal performances.

An Academy Awards program will be held July 27 to showcase what the students have learned.

The SCHF is a nonprofit cultural arts organization. It is housed at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, which encompasses a city block and is bounded by Cherry, Adams, Clay and Crawford streets.


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