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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’ has run for the past two summers at the West Coast city’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP).

Formerly known as EMP (the Experience Music Project) MoPOP is famous for having the world’s largest memorabilia collections on Seattle musicians Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana – and a Sky Church venue in the shape of one of Hendrix’s guitars.  

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

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

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

‘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!’

The event is open to ‘Youth of all gender expressions and identities’. 

Hancock also ran last year’s activities.

‘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 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.’

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 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

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

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

According to MoPOP’s website, Hancock has been working in drag, burlesque and theatre  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.’

Source: Daily Mail

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