District-Wide Youth Art Exhibition Opens February 27



The community is invited to the Los Alamos Public Schools district-wide art exhibition on Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 pm on the 3rd floor of Mesa Public Library.

Refreshments will be served and music will be provided by the Los Alamos Jazz Project.

March is Youth Art Month and also Music in the Schools Month. LAPS Art Teacher and Youth Art Month Coordinator, Renee Mitsunaga, explained that during Youth Art Month, students engage in a problem-solving creativity project that inspires them to use art to communicate the given theme. This year’s theme was “Your Art, Your Story,” and each entry exemplified a symbolic New Mexico connection.  

The Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) created Children’s Art Month in 1961 as an event to emphasize the value to children from participating in visual art education. In 1969 the celebration expanded to include secondary school students, and the Children’s Art Month event officially became known as Youth Art Month. And in 1984, ACMI created the non-profit organization The Council for Art Education (CFAE) to advocate for visual art education.  CFAE coordinates the Youth Art Month program at the national level.

Youth Art Month exists to recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curriculum that develops citizens of a global society, expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs, encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere, and increase community, business and governmental support for art education, as well as community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.

For more information about upcoming events, visit the calendar of events at laschools.net.

The show will hang until March 22.