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Living the Art with LOOM Way of Life
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by Haley Armand Tarasiewicz
Each summer, the Imperial Calcasieu Museum hosts its “Branch Out Summer Art Camp” for grades kindergarten—8th grade. The week-long sessions take place over six weeks throughout June and July, where children work on a variety of projects with mediums consisting of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more. This year’s themes included: Arts in Space and Flora & Fauna. A unique partnership this year featured sandals provided by Loom Way of Life, a footwear business based in Sulphur, Louisiana and owned by Mark McCormick and Charley Brown. They make lightweight, comfortable, slip-on shoes. The company donates 10 percent of their profits to the Maasia Beaded Project in Kenya, created through the charitable arm of Custom Safaris. Through the program, women are given the supplies and business education needed to create bracelets and necklaces to sell at local markets. “When we heard about the camp, we knew we wanted to participate given our business motto of ‘people over profits,’ and we wanted a way to help the children understand the connection with artisans in Kenya through the Maasia Beaded Project,” said McCormick.
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