The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit

Posted on 03/20/2018
The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit

As spring comes back around, the colors of our world return. It reminds us of the beauty that surrounds us every day, sometimes forgotten in the cold doldrums of winter. And it may remind us of the beautiful art being created by students in our schools. March is Youth Art Month, and FHSD students and teachers are brightening the canvas of our lives. From an elaborate black light art exhibit at Daniel Boone Elementary to Little Becky’s finger painting at one of FHSD’s Early Childhood Centers, the arts are on full display this month at our schools.

Youth Art Month encourages support for quality art programs in schools and promotes art material safety. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences, including problem solving, creativity, observation, and communication. It can even be a way for students to learn more about other subjects in a fun way.

A great example of that was at Daniel Boone Elementary, where students and their teacher Tom Sherman crafted an awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef model. Even more amazing was that the piece was made almost entirely of trash. Watch this video about the art exhibit on FHSD Facebook and see for yourself how FHSD kids are finding ways to improve the world around them. It’s a grand statement, thought up by the students, that reminds us how art can teach us lessons with just some old trash, some paint and lights, and – most importantly – some outstanding creativity.

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month nationally, while each state holds an exhibition. Missouri’s YAM exhibit is at the State Capitol in Jefferson City from Feb. 20 – March 20, 2018.

Teachers and administrators are encouraged to show off any artwork displayed in their hallways, as well as any special exhibitions or events, on social media using the hashtags #youthartmonth and #missouriYAM, as well as our district hashtags: #FHSDFA and #FHSDFAPride. Let’s show our community all the fantastic work our kids are doing to build their creative capacity and artistic thinking skills!

More on Youth Art Month from the National Art Education Association:

The theme for the 2017-18 school year is “Building Community Through Art.”

Started in 1961 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI), Youth Art Month exists to:

  1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricular that develops citizens of a global society.
  2. Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
  3. Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.
  4. Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
  5. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
  6. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
  7. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
  8. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
  9. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.
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