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Here Comes the Sun

"Can we have class outside today?" At Art and Science in the Woods, the answer is always "Yes!"

A weeklong event held every summer at the Sun Foundation Center just outside of Peoria, Art and Science in the Woods gives children (and adults) a chance to exercise the left and right sides of their brains while relaxing in a beautiful forest setting.

Whether working with performers like Oba William King and Chad Dunn, sculpting with renowned artist Preston Jackson, or just launching model rockets into the air, campers have so much fun they don't even realize they're learning!

The camp is just one of the programs organized by the Sun Foundation, an organization founded in the 1960s to provide arts education to underserved rural communities.


The Sun Foundation for Advancement in the Environmental Sciences and Arts, Inc., 1276 Sun Road, Washburn, IL, 61570

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Learn more about storyteller Oba William King.

Learn more about percussionist and instrument-maker Chad Dunn and his musical projects with Rocky Maffit.

See some of Preston Jackson's sculptures on display at the Madden Arts Center in Decatur.

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A young student sketches while artist and mentor Doug DePauw looks on.


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