Press Release


Fort Morgan, CO 08/13/2018. Morgan Community College’s Center for Arts and Community Enrichment (CACE) recently hosted its first Summer Youth Arts Academy at its

Choral Clinic instructor Nicholas Booker working with CACE Art Academy students.

Choral Clinic instructor Nicholas Booker working with CACE Art Academy students.

Fort Morgan campus.  Held July 30 through August 3, youth participated in interactive classes on creative writing, visual art, and choral music.  Instructors included Ms. Timmy Fritzler for the Creative Writing session, Ms. Brenda Valdez for the Experiencing Art session, and Mr. Nicholas Booker for the Choral Clinic.  Ten students from the region took advantage of the free classes.

Writing activities included learning the value of journaling, writing from dreams and life events, and practicing poetry and prose techniques.

In the Art session, participants learned about Wayne Thiebaud, an American painter known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects like pies, ice cream cones, and pastries.  The students then created their own dessert works with oil paints.

The Choral Clinic exposed the youth to foundations of American music, including Blues, Spirituals and the works of early songwriters.  The participants then practiced singing these musical genres.

On Friday, participants invited family members and friends to attend an Open House at the College, during which each participant shared his/her works with the attendees.  A light lunch was served, and certificates were presented to all the participants.  The MCC Foundation provided a cake to help celebrate the accomplishments of the eighth, ninth and tenth graders.

“The Youth Arts Academy was a great way to expand CACE activities to the young people in the region.  It is amazing to me how much each person accomplished over the week,” said Suzanna Spears, Coordinator of the event and of the MCC Center for Arts and Community Enrichment.  “We look forward to implementing this activity again during the summer of 2019.”

To learn more about the variety of year-round arts and cultural activities offered by CACE, visit