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CAC’s Camp MetalHead Combines Jobs Skills Training & Arts Instruction for Underserved Teens

EVENT:  Sparks will fly as teens from the community learn free pertinent job skills and quality arts instruction at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) during Camp MetalHead.  There is no other arts camp of its kind in the North Texas area for underserved teens.

WHEN:  Fridays June 27, July 11, 18 & 25 and August 1 from 10am to 3pm.

WHERE:  Creative Arts Center of Dallas, 2360 Laughlin Drive, Dallas, 75228. http://www.creativeartscenter.org/


CAMP METALHEAD BACKGROUND:  Now in its seventh year, the free six-week camp includes welding instruction through metal art and jewelry classes, utilizing skills such as shop safety, while using tools like oxyacetylene torches, arc welders, pneumatic hammers, jewelry torches, grinders, sandblasters, polishers and other tools.  This camp is geared toward at-risk teens as an opportunity to learn impressive job skills through fun, artistic expression.


According to Diana Pollak, the success of programs like Camp MetalHead is a result of collaborative partnerships which are at the heart of the Creative Arts Center.”  “By developing networks among existing neighborhood resources-such as the area schools, libraries, recreation centers and other nonprofits, CAC ensures that these teens are engaged, learning and expanding their creativity,” said Ms. Pollak.

CAC BACKGROUND:  CAC was founded as a public arts center in 1966 and is now located on a two-acre campus off of Ferguson Road in White Rock Hills, four miles east of downtown Dallas.  Last year, more than 1,500 students took more than 500 classes and workshops at CAC.

As a nonprofit community arts organization and school of visual arts geared to working artists and adult students of all skill levels, CAC is an incubator for emerging artists.  In addition to its metal and jewelry departments, additional classes are offered in ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing, fused and


 blown glass, fiber arts, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, stone carving and welding.  Instructors include well-known artists and art educators whose work is in public and privatecollections, including Sonia King, Tomas Bustos, Dave Kramer, Awadh Baryoum and others.

FUNDING:  Gold Metal Recyclers has donated the metal for the program and Airgas has donated helmets and other safety equipment.  Food supporters include Hunger Busters, Empire Baking Company and Chipotle.  Underwriting for the program includes Thomas Charitable Trust and the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program with support from Bank of America.


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