Murray State to Host Creative Arts Workshops

Mar 2, 2018

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High school students interested in the creative arts will have no shortage of options to expand their horizons at Murray State University this summer.

MSU will offer three creative arts workshops during the week of June 24-30. Those workshops include the Purchase Area Writers Workshop (PAWW), the Summer Art Workshop (SAW), and the Vocal Arts Camp (VAC). The cost to attend each camp is $450, which covers tuition and supplies.

MSU Professor of Art and Design Nicole Hand-Bryant said in an interview with Austin Carter on Sounds Good the camps are open to high school students as young as those going into the 9th grade during the fall of 2018. She also said students who have just graduated from high school are welcome to attend as well. The students will reside on campus while the camps are going on.

"They really get a campus experience," Hand-Bryant said. "They’re working with the faculty, they’re living on campus, they even have access to the wellness center so they can go swimming or play basketball in the evening when they have some down time."

Hand-Bryant said PAWW is a workshop for students interested in creative writing. SAW, which is over 50 years old, will offer campers experiences with video gaming and animation, metalsmithing and ceramics, and painting and collage. VAC will be headed by Dr. Maribeth Crawford and will offer campers voice instruction and tips for audition preparation.

"Dr. Crawford was actually just performing at Carnegie Hall last week, so it’s going to be an amazing opportunity for students to work with somebody of that caliber," Hand-Bryant said.

Hand-Bryant said some scholarships are available to students who may not be able to afford the entire cost of attending a camp. For more information on this year's camps, visit