The Westfield Public School District is celebrating the nationally acclaimed Youth Art Month with colorful and creative displays throughout the downtown area. Paintings, drawings, and sculpture designed by approximately 300 students from Westfield’s ten public schools are displayed by 39 downtown merchants as well as the Westfield Memorial Library and RMC Studios in Garwood, all of whom volunteered their window or display space for the month of March.

“Youth Art Month celebrates creativity and brings communities together through art,” said Tom Weber, Supervisor of Fine Arts for Westfield Public Schools. “Every year, this event provides many of our creative and talented students in grades kindergarten through twelve the opportunity to have their artwork proudly displayed throughout our community. Each art piece reflects different concepts and skills that are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in the arts. I couldn’t be more proud to work with such dedicated teachers, generous parent volunteers, and supportive community businesses who make this great event possible.”

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, March 16 from 6 to 8 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.