Exploring Latin America through the Arts


What do the history of Latin America and the arts have in common? Sapulpa Arts hosted 68 second through eighth graders last week who know!

“The Sapulpa Arts camp is a great way for your child to express themselves through the arts as they explore the culture and history of another continent,” said Sapulpa Arts Director Sheri Ishmael-Waldrop. “For more than 25 years Sapulpa Arts, with the assistance of The Oklahoma Arts Council and local benefactors, has provided this experience in hopes of planting the seed of creativity and exploration.”

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Ishmael-Waldrop said they opted to add a little “Art” to STEM and create STEAM as they explored Latin America through art, music, theater, dance, and cultural games and history. The activities were tailored to grade and skill level, which encourages exploration and awareness. She says that it is amazing what children can learn in one week of classes.

The Family Night Program was the highlight of the week. Students performed traditional dances, joined voices in song, and demonstrated games and traditions which enhanced Latin American culture during the dramatic skits. Following the performance, the young artists showed off their handmade artwork.

Sapulpa Arts would like to say thank you to Sapulpa Public Schools for hosting us again this year. Without the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council and local scholarship sponsors, Arts Explore! would not be possible. Through their support, Sapulpa Arts is able to keep its enrollment fee low so that all students who wish to attend art camp have the opportunity.

We hope you will join us next July as we explore the world around us.