Oklahoma Contemporary
Second Saturday
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May 08, 2023

Camps and Camping: Welcome to Second Saturday XL

A free afternoon with a double meaning

A kid is smiling, holding out headphones. He is standing at a DJ setup.
DJ Camp with MetroFamily Magazine

As we head into another Oklahoma summer, what better way to welcome in the upcoming season than an ode to those weeks spent outdoors — or inside our studios? This weekend’s Second Saturday XL: Camp Sampler ought to do the trick!

“For this Second Saturday XL, we are interpreting the word ‘camp’ in two ways,” says Christine Gibson, senior manager of Youth and Family Programs. “First would be our summer camps. We will feature lots of art-making activities that camp instructors will teach in their studios this summer. And then also, we’re playing off the word ‘camping.’”

Attendees will experience Camp Contemporary moments through varying mediums like ceramics and DJing, but they’ll also find kid-friendly tents, comfy chairs for parents, campfire stories and the Snow S’more food truck for all the camping feels.

“We thought it would be a fun way to celebrate our camps as well as summertime and camping in general,” Gibson says.

An airstream trailer sits under a sign that reads SNOW S'MORE with a snowflake and campfire symbol.
Snow S'more

What goes better with summer than s’mores and learning to DJ? By showcasing some of the magic Camp Contemporary has to offer, this Second Saturday XL is sure to have your kiddos (and adults too!) geared up for a camp-full of fun.

“I have been managing camps for about eight years now, and we have never really focused a Second Saturday on our camp program and the amazing things we offer for kids over the summer,” Gibson says. “I’m excited for the parents to see some of the activities and projects we will do during summer camps, to answer any questions and to get everybody excited to come for a full week of art-making activities.”

A kid is sprinkling clay sprinkles onto a clay donut. They have round glasses, a pink shirt and purple jacket on. Someone is leaning in to help them.
Camp Contemporary: Clay Cravings

Five camp instructors will demo, instruct and show off some of that camp wonder. Ceramics instructor Liv Egan will be throwing on the pottery wheel, her creations coordinating with the camp-themed, air-dry clay project visitors can make. DJ Camp instructor Tony Tee will guide music fans on the turntables, giving a glimpse of the record-breaking hits your kiddos could make. Friends and fam can also take short dance lessons or try other art-making projects, like building shadow-puppet characters to put on a show or making upcycled jewelry. Second Saturday friends can even lay the first lines of Camp Contemporary’s masking-tape mural in the Education Wing!

A kid with short dark brown hair and a white shirt on is placing tape onto a wall that has blue, green, purple and black masking tape designs.
Camp Contemporary: Masking-Tape Mural

“We want to showcase to the community the amazing instructors, projects and themes that we have every summer break at Camp Contemporary,” Gibson says. “We offer such a variety of art-making opportunities — we thought it was important to show those to families who may not have had a chance to enroll in camp. This gives them a taste of the experience their kids could have with us.”

Rally up the fam and make your way to your arts center this Saturday, May 13, from 1-4 p.m. for free art-making, camp sampling, interactive family tours of The Art of Food, Café Contemporary treats and summertime hangs. Come enjoy contemporary art and your community. Bonus: The first 75 kiddos will receive a free snow cone or s’more!

Thanks to presenting sponsor OGE Energy Corp. Foundation. Second Saturday is also supported by Paycom and Express Employment International.


Second Saturday attendee enjoys the outside activities. Photo: Stephanie Montelongo.

MetroFamily Magazine 2023 Cover Kid, Rex, for DJ camp cover shoot. Photo: Foto Arts Photography.

Snow S'more. Photo courtesy the company.

Camper makes makes a ceramic donut during Camp Contemporary: Clay Cravings camp.

Camper adds to the masking-tape mural during Camp Contemporary.

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