The Alex Foundation’s Architecture + Design summer camp continues at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, July 19-21, at the McGehee Depot Museum at McGehee.
The free summer camp, which began Monday, will introduce seventh grade girls to architecture and design. Yolande Van Heerden, an educator and designer/artist, is the instructor.
“A native of South Africa, Van Heerden celebrates her homeland’s international cultural diversity through her community outreach work, and draws upon the country’s richness through her own designs,” according to a news release.
A current resident of Greenwood, Mississippi, Van Heerden has taught for more than 30 years, of which six have been in the Mississippi Delta. She has conducted workshops and summer programs at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta and ArtPlace Mississippi, and is a Mississippi Arts Commission artist.
The session began Monday with guest speaker Amanda Sturgell, a licensed architect with the Little Rock-based firm of Polk Stanley Wilcox (PSW) Architects. A graduate of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, Sturgell is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional in building design and construction.
“The summer camp is hosted by the Alex Foundation, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that engages youth in architecture, design and the built environment,” according to the release.