OMFA to present Motorsports Art Camp for kids

May 26, 2019 | 3:06 am

Updated May 24, 2019 | 12:28 pm

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art will present the second in its series of 2019 free art camps June 4-7 in partnership with Owensboro Grain. | Photo submitted

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art will present the second in its series of 2019 free art camps June 4-7. The camps are offered at no cost to the community through the sponsorship of Owensboro Grain Company.

Motorsports Art Camp will feature the design and painting of a car to be raced during Owensboro’s Motorsports Festival August 2-4.

The car being painted will be provided through a partnership with the Motorsports Festival Committee which will also include a display of professional cars during the camp sessions with visits from the drivers of these cars. The drivers will discuss the mechanics of race cars and provide stories about the sport of racing.


In addition to the production of the race car which will be numbered 901 in honor of the museum’s street address, campers will also create miniature motorsports vehicles including soap box derby cars, motorcycles and drag racers. These objects will be exhibited in the museum’s YOUNG AT ART GALLERY at the conclusion of the camp.

On Saturday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sportscenter, the museum’s education staff will direct the painting of a second full-size race car to be raced during the festival. This car will also be provided by the museum’s partnership with the Owensboro Motorsports Committee.

The art museum offers a series of free art camps each year which provide an opportunity for children from financially challenged families to enjoy the benefits of summer art camps. One-half of the seats in each camp session are reserved for children from local social service agencies. The remaining seats are open to the public on a first come first served basis.

The museum has been selected as a site for the free feeding program provided by the Owensboro Public Schools and will serve meals at both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Camp sessions for children ages 6 to 10 are from 9:00 TO 11:00 a.m. with breakfast being served at 8:30 a.m.  Ages 11 to 16 will meet from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

Registration for the camp is required and can be made by phoning or emailing the museum at 270 685-3181 or The registration deadline is Friday, May 31.

Camp sessions include interaction with museum exhibitions adding educational depth with guided tours for the participants. Previous camps have offered such innovative projects as the creation of a monumental buffalo sculpture; construction of a barn complete with farm animals; a troupe of larger than life Native American children and an autokinetic life-size Bluegrass Band.

This program of Free Art Camps sponsored Owensboro Grain Company is now in its second decade and has served more than 10,000 children since it was instituted. The camp enables the museum to offer FREE learning opportunities led by educators and professional artists and craftsmen to a broad segment of the community’s children.

Admission to the museum is FREE although voluntary donations are requested of $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Access for physically challenged individuals is provided at the Atrium entrance in the 9th Street parking lot.  For more information visit the museum’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

May 26, 2019 | 3:06 am

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