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Living the Art with LOOM Way of Life
8/6/2018 12:11:19 PM
LOOM Way of Life

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 light-weight, 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. 

Each week, children would pick their shoes and use various materials and mediums to create a design that was uniquely their own within their week’s theme. The outcomes were individualistic in style! Five winners from each session were chosen to return at the end of the last session on Friday, July 27, for the Loom Way of Life Art Exhibit featuring their finished pieces. 

Learn more about LOOM Way of Life’s fascinating story and incredibly comfortable footwear on their website: 


The Imperial Calcasieu Museum is a nonprofit cultural organization located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has served the communities of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis parishes for 54 years. The mission of the Museum is to: 1) support visual arts and artists, 2) maintain a strong arts education program by offering opportunities for all ages, and 3) preserve the unique culture and history of the region. Visit the Imperial Calcasieu Museum at 204 W. Sallier St., Lake Charles, La 70601, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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