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Slyboots to host summer camp at Griffis Park

Slyboots School of Art, Music and Dance will be hosting an arts summer camp starting Aug. 4 at Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto and will include many sessions, including drumming.
ASHFORD—For anyone who enjoys art, music, the outdoors or someone just looking for something fun to do this summer, an upcoming event at Griffis Sculpture Park is just the place to be.

Slyboots School of Music, Art and Dance will be hosting the Slyboots Summer Camp from Monday, Aug. 4 - Friday, Aug. 8 with a special closing ceremony and concert on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The camp will consist of a rotating class schedule that allows people of all ages to explore as many different art forms as they would like. There will be groups for kids, groups for adults and groups for parents who want to do the camp with their child so everyone of all ages can have the best experience imaginable. The sessions will range from drumming to dancing to yoga to nature and much more. There will also be numerous hands-on art stations that will include sculpture making taught by Larry Griffis III, who has made many of the sculptures located at the Griffis Sculpture Park.

All of these stations will have a theme of cultural art education and will consist of instructors from all over the world. For many of the drumming classes, there will be instructors from Ghana, Senegal and Guinea and many of the dance classes will also include instructors from Brazil and India.

“It’s a way for people to find uniqueness in themselves through examining the likenesses and differences from other cultures,” said Griffin Brady, founder of the Slyboots School of Music, Art and Dance. “It’s a very profound way to learn about yourself by interacting and taking part and physically teaching your body to do something new that’s an age-old technique from another culture. It’s a way for people to step out of their comfort zone and into a different comfort zone that they didn’t know they had.”

This camp is more than just teaching people a new art form; its also about bringing people together and showcasing cultures that not too many people get to see up close.

“It’s great to have people from different cultures there representing where they come from,” said Brady. “I feel like that there is no better way to break down barriers and bring communities together than by appreciating each other through the arts.”

Camp starts at 10 a.m. each day and transportation will be provided to and from Griffis Sculpture Park for an additional fee. Pickup is at 9 a.m. at the Essex Art Center in Buffalo, located at 30 Essex Street, and will leave to return to Essex Art Center at 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, the camp will conclude with Slyfest 9, an event where the public can come to Griffis Sculpture Park and experience everything that has been going on at the camp. It allows for people from the camp to perform what they learned along with world-renowned artists and opens up the floor for performers to come and perform their art.

“It’s completely unplugged and raises awareness about what we do at the Slyboots school and brings people together with world music and art education at the core of it.”

Slyboots School of Art, Music and Dance has been touring the country with their arts education programs since 2006 and has helped expose different kinds of cultural art to over 40,000 people.

For more information on the Slyboots school or to register for the Slyboots Summer Camp, visit slybootsbuffalo.com.


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