Arts Council accepting JAM Camp applications

Apr 09, 2014
Keegan Luckey-Smith, left, and Will Thames working with their banjos together at JAM Camp last summer.

For the second year in a row, the Junior Appalachian Musicians program (JAM) will be extended into the coming summer for five days from July 8 through July 12 at Canton Middle School, 60 Penland Street, in Canton.

Junior Appalachian Musicians Program (JAM) is designed to acquaint area young people, grades four through eight, with their mountain cultural heritage through instruction in mountain music and exposure to mountain dance, songs and stories.

The JAM after-school program takes place in a public school setting every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. throughout the school year. In addition to mountain instrument classes, daily sessions in mountain dance (clogging, buckdance, flat-footing and square dance) and in mountain songs and stories will be offered.

The cost of JAM Camp is $75. Limited financial assistance and loaner instruments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for JAM Camp 2014, call the Haywood County Arts Council at 452-0593, Monday – Saturday, from April 15 to June 22.

In addition to daily instruction in guitar, banjo and fiddle at all skill levels and string band instruction for intermediate and advanced students, sessions in mountain dance and in mountain songs and stories will be offered. The cost of JAM Camp will be $75.  Limited financial assistance and loaner instruments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for JAM Camp 2014, call the Haywood County Arts Council at 452-0593, Monday – Saturday from April 15 to June 22. Sponsored by the Haywood County Arts Council, JAM introduces young people to the music, the instruments, the dance and the cultural heritage of the mountains and encourages participation and support from the surrounding community to maintain and elicit pride in its rich Appalachian heritage.

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