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The McMichael Brings Art & Nature Home this Summer

McMichael ArtVenture Camps

Virtual art and pollinator garden camps in partnership with Monarch Nation

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s long-running tradition of summer camps that bring together art and nature returns for 2020 with a special virtual installment – ArtVenture Summer Club!

To maintain the high level of excellence that families have come to expect from McMichael camps, professional art instructors have developed a fun and action-packed curriculum of virtual programming that includes artmaking activities, guided viewing of iconic gallery artworks and creative exercises that will nurture campers’ creative spirit and allow them to socialize with their peers in a safe online environment. Camps will run in week-long sessions and begin on July 6.

The McMichael’s unique summer program will provide an opportunity for campers to build and cultivate their own pollinator gardens. This home garden will become a site of nature-based learning, pollinator activity and artistic inspiration that encourages children to engage in healthy outdoor activities on summer afternoons.

To make this garden project possible, the McMichael has partnered with Monarch Nation, a national program that educates children about species at risk. Monarch Nation will provide seedlings and coaching to guide campers through making their own home garden, whether in a garden bed or planter.

Each week, in addition to project-specific art materials, campers will be provided with seedlings to plant in their gardens. The seedlings and related materials will be available for safe, contactless curbside pick up from the McMichael

Each session will be dedicated to a different pollinator plant and species, such as bees and butterflies and their habitats. Campers will have opportunities to discover the importance of the pollination process; learn about the complexity, ingenuity and resilience of the natural world; and explore how art plays a part the ways in which we interact with our environment. A number of experts and guest speakers will join the programs throughout each session, including naturalists and Indigenous traditional teachers.

About McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection offers its visitors a unique and truly Canadian experience. From the art within the gallery on its walls to the surrounding landscape, the McMichael is the perfect gallery for an introduction to Canada’s art, its peoples, their cultures and their history.

About Monarch Nation
Monarch Nation is a national program that engages and educates children ages 6-12 about species at risk, and empowers them to take action on behalf of wildlife in Canada. DID YOU KNOW? Monarch butterflies migrate 4,800 km every fall.

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