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SAMA Altoona offers children’s art camp

SAMA Altoona will provide “Windows on Altoona,” a children’s art camp taught by SAMA Teaching Artist, Deb Bunnell.

“Windows on Altoona” will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. weekdays from July 27 to Aug. 7.

Cost to participate is $175 per student. A deposit of $50 is required when making reservations.

This art camp isfor ages 8 to 14.

Snacks and materials will be provided. A mural unveiling will be held at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

Bunnell will be leading students in designing a mural to be painted on the wall of Altoona Pipe and Steel facing the pedestrian walkway.

The mural will feature William Nesbit and his family.

Nesbit, who lived from 1822 to 1895, was an activist and barber. He was an active worker in the Underground Railroad and continued to fight for voting rights of African Americans by leading the State Equal Rights League.

Through this camp, students will be making a long-lasting statement that thousands of people can view and enjoy.

Bunnell is a teaching artist from Hollidaysburg who specializes in mural art. She is responsible for painting or leading the painting of almost 50 murals in the area.

Barbara Hollander, Altoona site coordinator, said, “Deb Bunnell’s selection to honor a prominent black citizen of Altoona and Hollidaysburg is certainly timely. We want to recognize the contributions the black community has made to the building of our city.

“SAMA wants to be part of the change in making our city and country recognize that there is no place for racism amongst decent people.”

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is at the Brett Building in Downtown Altoona.

Hours of operation are noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The museum is open to the public free of charge.

For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or call 946-4464.

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