Scholarships for children available for Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance arts day camp

Morris, Minn. May 28, 2010—The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) announces that scholarships are available for area children to attend the 2010 PRCA Prairie Camp, an arts day camp for ages six through twelve. Members of the community have contributed to a special fund to provide the scholarships and to make Prairie Camp possible for children who may otherwise not be able to attend because of financial constraints.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to offer scholarships for Prairie Camp thanks to donors in the community who support the PRCA and understand the value of a ‘hands-on’ arts experience for elementary children,” says Ferolyn Angell, PRCA president. “Families should feel free to contact the PRCA to inquire about full or partial scholarships to make it possible for their children to attend this very special summer event.”

Prairie Camp is scheduled for June 14–19, 2010, at the Morris Area Elementary School. Camp hours are from 9:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for ages six and seven, and 9:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. for ages eight through twelve. The six days are filled with painting, drawing, writing, music, and dance.

For more information, please contact the PRCA at 320-585-5037 or e-mail Located at 630 Atlantic Avenue, PRCA hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or by appointment.

PRCA Photo Contest announced

The PRCA will accept submissions to the annual Photo Contest between June 1 and June 15. Categories are:

Natural World
Future Generations

One photo per category per person. Submit unframed and unmatted photos no smaller than 4 x 6 and no larger than 8 x 11.

Photos will be displayed in the PRCA Gallery from June 19 through the end of July. Photos will be judged and winners announced during Prairie Pioneer Days.

Drop your photos off the at the PRCA Gallery at 630 Atlantic Avenue or contact the PRCA for more information at or 320-585-5037.

Prairie Camp registration underway

It is time to sign up the children in your life for Prairie Camp. Scheduled for June 14 through June 19, children ages six through twelve will enjoy music, dance, sculpture, drawing, and writing activities. Contact the PRCA for a brochure and/or to register your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, etc.

Breads N’ Bowls provides opportunity to serve and support community groups

The third annual Bread N’ Bowls fundraising event is scheduled from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria. A meal of soups, homemade breads, beverages, and desserts donated by area businesses, organizations, and individuals will be served for $10 per person or $25 for a family of four or more. Ceramic bowls made by UMM ceramics and Morris Area High School Art Club members are included with the meal purchase. The event supports three local community organizations: the Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA).

“Our first Bread N’ Bowls was three years ago as a service-learning project in Kevin Flicker’s ceramics classes,” says Argie Manolis, Office of Community Engagement coordinator. “The goal of the event is to raise awareness about, and attempt to stamp out, violence and poverty in our community.”

All money from the fundraiser will go to help the Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe of Stevens County, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA). The money donated to PRCA will be used to provide scholarships to children in need to attend the annual Prairie Camp, an arts day camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

“Right now, especially with the economic crisis, these places are serving more people with no change in resources,” says Manolis.”It is an important time to support these organizations.”

Nearly a dozen organizations and businesses contributed to this year’s event. Bello Cucina, Buddies Bar and Grill, Dairy Queen, Don’s Café, Ecowater, Federated Church, Old No. 1, Pomme de Terre Food Co-op, Pizza Ranch, Subway, and Willie’s Super Valu will provide soup, bread, desserts, and supplies. Individuals have also offered to bring homemade bread and bars. “There will be food available for people who have vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian diets, as well as meat eaters,” Manolis noted.

Anna Lund ’11, St. Paul, is one of the students who made and donated bowls for the event. She enjoyed participating in a class that’s socially minded. “I think it’s really great that as a student in beginning ceramics I was able to make something useful and beneficial for others. I’m really happy that someone will buy my bowl in supporting of charitable causes.”

The event will include entertainment for people of all ages. The Unusual Suspects, UMM’s Improv troupe, as well as other student acts, will provide family friendly entertainment. The PRCA and students in the creative writing class of Argie Manolis will provide children’s activities.

For more information about the event, contact Manolis at 320-589-6276.