The Westfield Public Schools are celebrating the nationally acclaimed Youth Art Month with colorful and creative displays throughout the downtown area. Paintings, drawings, sculpture and painted furniture designed by approximately 300 students from Westfield’s 10 public schools are displayed by 37 downtown merchants as well as The Westfield Memorial Library and RMC Studios in Garwood, who volunteered their window or display space for the month of March.
“Youth Art Month is a time to celebrate the creative work of our children,” explained Linda King, Supervisor of Fine Arts for the Westfield Public Schools. “The artwork represents children of all levels of age and ability. It is chosen by our art teachers for various reasons — work ethic, commitment to the project at hand, proficiency, emotional uplifting and appropriate medium for the chosen store. I am honored and pleased with the work of our dedicated educators, the children whose work is displayed, and the many supporting community members who give of their valuable time to make this event occur each year,” added Dr. King.
In coordination with Youth Art Month, RMC Studios in Garwood is hosting an Open House for the general public to view student artwork in unique gallery settings. An evening of Art and Music at RMC, 207 Center Street in Garwood will be held on Friday, April 17, from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m.
A nationwide tradition that began more than 50 years ago, Youth Art Month emphasizes the value of art education and encourages support for school art programs according to www.arteducators.org.