Seattle museum hosts $400 summer drag camp for kids as young as 12 which teaches ‘makeup techniques’

Seattle museum hosts $400 week-long summer camp for kids as young as 12 that teaches the ‘art of drag’, how to create ‘a persona’ and ‘hair and makeup techniques’

  • Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture is hosting the ‘drag-tastic’ event this August
  • Middle schoolers 12 and up can explore ‘hair and makeup techniques’
  • Local performer Joshua Hancock will help 12-18-year-olds ‘investigate drag history and work together with local artists to create your own personas’
  • At the end of the week, campers can display their new drag personas in a show

A Seattle museum will host a drag camp for kids as young as 12 with camp-goers taught ‘hair and makeup techniques’.

Led by local drag artist Joshua Hancock, ‘Summer Camp: the Art of Drag’ runs each summer at the West Coast city’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP).

The event’s release states: ‘Calling all current and future kings and queens! Explore self-expression in MoPOP’s week-long, drag-tastic summer camp!

Seattle performer Joshua Hancock is leading summer camp 'the Art of Drag' at MoPOP, Seattle

Seattle performer Joshua Hancock is leading summer camp ‘the Art of Drag’ at MoPOP, Seattle

‘Led by Seattle performer Joshua Hancock, you’ll investigate drag history and work together with local artists to create your own personas.

‘You’ll choose your name, explore hair and makeup techniques, and develop your character’s stage presence.

‘At the end of the week, celebrate your new drag personas with a private showcase!’

‘Summer Camp: the Art of Drag’ runs from August 18-22 and costs $370 if you register before May 31, or $400 after that.

A spokesperson for MoPOP told Fox News: ‘We celebrate creativity with all members of our community as a core part of our mission.

MoPOP sits above the Seattle Monorail, a mile-long raised rail track in the Washington city

MoPOP sits above the Seattle Monorail, a mile-long raised rail track in the Washington city

MoPOP (left), which lies beneath the Space Needle, hosted camp 'the Art of Drag' in June 2021

MoPOP (left), which lies beneath the Space Needle, hosted camp ‘the Art of Drag’ in June 2021

Created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, MoPOP is one of Seattle's best loved museums

Created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, MoPOP is one of Seattle’s best loved museums

‘Like any other arts enrichment program, we are proud to offer an opportunity for young people to use drag to explore self-expression through creating characters and performances that express and uplift their unique identities.’

According to MoPOP’s website, Hancock has been working in drag theater for 30 years.

It states: ‘He believes drag is for everyone, it is more than one thing, and can be used to heal and to bring joy, sadness, and love to people.

‘He has a Master of Arts from Texas Woman’s University in Theatre, and has worked in Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, and coast to coast in the United States.

‘Joshua bases his drag character Parton, on none other than Dolly Parton, and uses Parton’s voice to spread love and open minds.’

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