Students explore Native history along with international cultures at OSU arts camp | News

About a dozen children are experiencing different parts of the globe this week without ever leaving Stillwater.

They are enrolled in a new five-day summer youth art program at the former Stillwater Multi Arts Center, now known as Stillwater Center for the Arts since Oklahoma State University took over management of the facility July 1.

Students on Monday learned about southwest and southeast Native American history and culture by making beaded necklaces and learning a few Cherokee words, along with making and eating fry bread.


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David Bitton/Stillwater News Press Instructor Liz Dueck, center, assists Boone Smith, 7, and brother Gus Smith, 9, while making a beaded neckless Monday, July 17, 2017 during Native American Art day at Stillwater Center for the Arts. Some youth are spending this week and/or last learning about different cultures around the world while taking part in a new summer youth art program.

Instructor Liz Dueck, who recently graduated with a fine arts bachelor’s degree from OSU, said she was thrilled with the opportunity to teach youngsters about art, cuisine, culture, music, geography and history.

“I was drawn to the international theme because Stillwater has a rich international community,” Dueck said.

The full-day arts enrichment camps were offered through OSU Arts & Science Outreach both this week and last.


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