The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in partnership with DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools, issued a citywide call for student work ranging in grades Pre-K through grade 12. Art instructors from across the District submitted their top works that were created during the 2009-2010 school year; in total 92 student works were submitted from 31 different DC Public and Charter schools. The submitted work included prints, drawings, mixed media, paintings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, video and multimedia works. A panel of jurors representing a DCCAH Commissioner, educators, and practicing artists selected 42 of the 92 works to be included in the DCCAH 2010 Student Art Show.
The selected works will be honored with a gallery show and opening reception on June 4, 2010 from 6 pm–8 pm at the Historical Society of Washington DC located at 801 K Street, NW. The 10 top works will be purchased by DCCAH as new additions to the Art Bank. The Art Bank is a growing collection of over 2,000 works of art created by Washington area artists. Through the DC Creates! Public Art Program, the collection is owned by the DCCAH and loaned to District Government agencies for display in public areas. This program provides the opportunity to support the local artist community while preserving the city’s rich art legacy for future generations.
Awards will be announced and given to both students and schools at the opening reception. Utrecht art supply store has generously donated gift baskets and gift certificates to be given to the top 10 schools. DCCAH will give the top 10 students a grant to further their artistic learning.
Art activities and information booths will also be available during the opening reception. Art organizations will be present at the opening reception for youth and parents to learn about the artistic activities that are offered after school. Programs such as Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Midnight Forum, MuralsDC, Ward Seven Arts Collaborative and Words Beats and Life (WBL) will be in attendance.
For questions, contact Rachel Dickerson or call (202) 724-5618.