Camp's theme is 'Art of the Canoe'

04.20.2011 Ron Karten Culture, Education

"Art of the Canoe: Looking and Making Art from the Native People of the Pacific Northwest" is the theme of this year's summer camp offered by the Oregon College of Art & Craft's "Journeys in Creativity: Explorations in Native American Art" program.

The program is a pre-college camp for Native American, Native Hawaiian and other indigenous teenagers ages 15 to 19. The camp is free to all students involved with the exception of travel to and from the camp.

It will be held Aug. 8-21 on the Oregon College of Art & Craft campus in Portland. Students will live on campus with a chaperone for up to two weeks. Teens 15 to 17 are allowed to stay for one week while those 18 and 19 years of age can stay the two weeks.

The applications process is competitive and qualifying youth are selected by a review panel of Native American artists and college administrators. Completed applications must be received by June 1.

For more information, contact Shirod Younker by e-mail at or by phone 971-255-4148. The application can be found at the college's Web site,, under the Community Programs tab.