TODAY INTERVIEW: Shell Lake Arts Center

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SHELL LAKE, Wis. (WEAU)— The Shell Lake Arts Center celebrates 50 years of arts education.
The center is home to the longest running jazz camp in the nation.

Each year the center hosts around 600 young artists at camp. Many regional and some from all over the United States as well as International students.

What started out 50 years ago with 2 weeks of jazz camp has grown into 16 different residential camps that run for 9 weeks in the summer. Programs range from jazz to concert band camp, film camp, musical theatre and more.

The center gives away nearly $40,000 each year in camp scholarships to almost 300 kids.

The camps are open to all abilities entering grades 7 through graduating seniors.

The Composing a Legacy fundraising campaign plans improvements of: a new dormitory, commons area, kitchen, seven new multi-purpose classrooms, and gathering spaces will be built. Some current areas will be razed, and our performance area and offices will be updated.

Currently, the campaign is in the "silent phase" of raising $4.5-million ($4,458,200) to replace dormitories, kitchen, dining area & classrooms and expand programming to ensure the next 50 years.

A substantial gift was made by the L.E. Philips Family Foundation

Currently, the campaign has raised about $1.5 million dollars in gifts and pledges.

It anticipates the "public" phase when $3 million in pledges is reached, so construction plans can proceed.

A Tribute to the Decades Concert will be held June 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the center.