“Imagine the World without Art,” a youth art exhibit, opens from 2-5 p.m Sunday with awards given at 3 p.m.
This exhibit is a merger of the LaGrange Art Museum’s Creative Youth Art League Exhibit and the annual Kiwanis Art Show, which provides a richer experience for the participating art students and a simplified opportunity for area art teachers. The enhanced exhibit will be at the LaGrange Art Museum and the museum’s Center for Creative Learning. The exhibit runs until March 30th.
The annual Kiwanis Art Show and the LaGrange Art Museum’s Creative Youth Art League Exhibit have historically been held in the spring. The leaders of both organizations began discussions over a year ago about the positive synergy that could come from one, stronger exhibit. Area art teachers were often challenged with trying to participate in both exhibits during a short time frame. Pooling volunteer and monetary resources also figured prominently in the decision.
“The Kiwanis Club and the LaGrange Art Museum will continue to encourage young artists and stand up for the importance of art education in our schools, “said Joyce Ellis-Johnson, president of Kiwanis Club of LaGrange.
LaGrange Art Museum Director, Karen Anne Briggs said that this move is directly in keeping with the Museum’s expanded role as a facilitator in the development of a cultural identity within the next generation. “As County schools have endured budget cuts to balance shrinking budgets and reduced access to art education, the museum sees its role as essential in helping to provide arts education to all students through increased exposure to arts and arts education.”
Elementary, middle and high school art teachers in Troup County’s public and private schools selected art for the exhibit. The counties within the service area of the LaGrange Art Museum, Heard, Meriwether and Harris in Georgia and Chambers County in Alabama, submitted art from the private and public middle and high schools only. Home school students were also invited to participate.
The participating students will experience an opening reception and see their work displayed in a museum setting.