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KAWS EFFECTS: Summer Design Camp for Youth

Exciting news! Today the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) announced its first summer design camp for middle school youth.

Middle school students will have the amazing opportunity to interact with the work of KAWS, one of the most influential artists of his generation, at the KAWS EFFECTS: Summer Design Camp!

The summer camp will be from July 15 – 26, 2019 for ages 11 to 14. According to MOCAD, the camp is designed to reach students during an important time in the development of critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Students will have many opportunities to engage with new art and design methods and materials. It will also encourage the youth to continue exploring careers in the visual arts field.

Teaching artists who are experienced in illustration and production design will lead the workshops. Youth will also have the opportunity to tour and interpret KAWS’ work on display at MOCAD.

The students will also work on an art project to design characters based on themselves. They will use their illustrations to translate their 2-D drawings into 3-D forms.

There will also be fun games, outdoor activities, and a chance to make new friends.


DATE: July 15 – 26, 2019 (excluding Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21)

TIME: 8:30 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Before- and after-care will be available from 7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. and 4 – 6 P.M.

MOCAD DUAL/FAMILY MEMBERS: $710/child for 2 weeks
NON-MEMBERS: $790/child for 2 weeks
$25 discount for each additional sibling

AGES: 11-14. Registration is limited to 15 students.$50 reservation fee due at time of pre-registration. Pre-registration and full payment due by Friday, May 17, 2019.

Scholarships are available. All meals and snacks provided free of additional charge.

You can register your child for the KAWS EFFECTS: Summer Design Camp HERE.

For more information about how you can donate to the MOCAD Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, please visit MOCAD’s website HERE.


KAWS, ALONE AGAIN (2016). Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 120 in. Photo: Farzad Owrang

About the Exhibition

KAWS: ALONE AGAIN is a solo exhibition of the Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (American, born 1974), organized by the Museum of the Contemporary Art Detroit’s Executive Director Elysia Borowy-Reeder in close collaboration with the artist.

Featuring five sculptures, a site-specific wall work, and three paintings, this highly anticipated exhibition will occupy the main exhibition space of the museum. ALONE AGAIN will showcase the artist’s masterful compositions that appear to be abstract while retaining the artist’s colorful acrylic palette with his trademark motif. Riffing on specific genres of pop art, figuration, deconstruction, collage, and fashion, the exhibition represents an underlying irreverence and affection for our turbulent times, as well as KAWS’ agility as an artist to appropriate and transform.

Learn more about the exhibition on this blog post.


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