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 420 students from Westfield’s ten public schools are displayed by 70 downtown merchants, who volunteered their window space for the month of March. The Westfield Memorial Library also is exhibiting student artwork. In the Westfield Public Schools, Youth Art Month is traditionally designated to showcase the diversity of artistic talent of students.
“It is not a competition, but 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. It is not meant to be critiqued from year to year. It is to be admired and appreciated as a month to celebrate the arts and the wonderful creations of our many talented students. 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. “During your next trip to downtown Westfield, be sure to stop and admire all the student artwork,” invites Trish Cheek, coordinator of the Youth Art Month program and secretary of the Westfield Public Schools’ Fine Arts Department.