Oregon Public Library celebrates cultural student art

In honor of Youth Art Month, the Oregon Public Library will display artwork created by Oregon Elementary School students throughout the entire month of March.

Thirty students in 4th through 6th grade will have their creations displayed during Youth Art Month. The projects reflect the different cultures and time periods of art that students learned about throughout the school year. Fourth grade students created dragons to honor the Chinese New Year, 5th graders created art inspired by leaders and works of the Harlem Renaissance, while 6th graders designed projects influenced by ancient Egyptian culture.

“This is a fantastic way to highlight the collaboration of art in our schools but also recognize some of the talented youth artists within the district. It brings students and their families to a civic organization which involves the community as a whole,” said Oregon Elementary Art Teacher Jordan DeWilde. “The library has been an enthusiastic partner and we’re gracious for their support.”

Youth Art Month is a national observation of visual arts by students K-12 and is celebrated by thousands of schools across the country. Started in 1961, Youth Art Month emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art program, and recognizes art education as a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society.

For more information on Youth Art Month, visit arteducators.org.

–Tom Mahoney, Oregon CUSD Superintendent

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