LIVINGSTON, NJ – Opening night for the Livingston District Art Show took place Thursday evening at the Livingston Mall.

Friends, family and students came for the unveiling of an assortment of art pieces created by Livingston students from kindergarten to grade 12. The art display is set up at both the upper portion of the mall near Model’s and on the lower lever in the circle in front of Lord & Taylor.

Different art teachers from all of Livingston’s elementary schools, middle schools and from the high school carefully selected the art work to be on display. According to art teacher Janice Reis, factors in choosing included things like the student’s passion and creativity.

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“Every year I’m just constantly impressed by the quality of the students art work. The art show unites the whole community because all grade levels are incorporated,” explained Reis.

She also continued in explaining that celebrating student art work is important because it represents other developmental factors as well.

“Art is not only for the “artistic,” it benefits everyone. Art is important because it engages children in a process that benefits in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation.” 

Reis continues, “Brain research confirms that art education strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement, school success, and preparation for the work world.”

The District Art show will be on display at the Livingston Mall until April 28 and is open to the public. 

“The art program is truly amazing and it is supported by the community which is important,” said Reis.