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We have six K-8 schools (140-450 students each) in six small towns in my
district, with a 9-12 regional high school (500 students) serving all. In
March all the music and art departments put together a region wide SELECT
BAND AND CHORUS CONCERT AND SELECT ART SHOW. This is held on one evening at
the high school. Each art teacher selects two pieces of artwork from each
class (if there are three third grades that would be six third grade
pieces) and mounts them for the show. Each school hangs as an individual
school in the large auditorium with the other schools. We make nice honor
certificates for those whose artwork was selected, and send these home. The
concert and the art show are filmed for local access cable, complete with
art teacher interviews showing off art works from their schools. Attendence
is strong, and we try to rotate the honor of participating as much as
Later in the spring, each individual school has their own art show, again,
usually in conjunction with a music program. Each teacher handles it
differently, but usually each student is represented in these art shows. I
will not have a competition at Lee H. Kellogg School, but I know at least
two other schools in the district will.
I recently found out that our costodian/vounteer fireman won't allow any
extra display panels in the halls for the art show. I can only use the ones
that are already there. He says the artwork would pose a fire hazard,
especially important to avoid when there will be extra people in the halls.
Usually he's my ally, but he's sometimes a bit anal, and I need him.
Theoretically I only have to hang 140 artworks, so I might be able to fit
them in the space I have. One of the teachers said I should have just gone
ahead and hung extra panels without asking. Has anyone had problems like
this with these fire code limits?
The music teacher (veteran) prides herself on a half sheet sized program,
but hasn't ever included anything about the art show. I've been told that
in past years many folks leave with out seeing the art. So I've offered to
design the program for the whole show, although I'll probably use more
paper in order to include something about the art show to attract some
I have been mounting artwork on colored paper with staples. Matboard is too
costly. The staples are so the works can be removed from the mounting
papers easily. Do you think I should use white glue?
Any other suggestions? Any other ideas? Thanks as always for your continued
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, CT 06031