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Re: Spring Art Exhibits

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Lincoln Arts (lincarts)
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 14:16:26 -0700

I know I'm coming at this from a different angle from most of you - since
I'm with an arts organization and not a teacher - but, maybe you'll find
this of interest....

We sponsor Feats of Clay and have chosen to institute a youth version. This
will be our second year (Spring 1999). Each of the high schools (including
alternative, continuation, home centric, etc.) in Placer County, CA (where
we're located) are invited to participate. In addition, the five contiguous
county's high schools are invited to participate as well.

Once we know how many schools will be participating, we will then let them
know how many pieces from each school we will be able to exhibit (can show
50 to 70 works in our exhibit space). We ask that the instructor(s) select
the top pieces from each school (can be a work from any student - not just
advanced students). Once the pieces are delivered to the exhibit space, we
have a juror select the top 3 pieces (no names or schools are indicated
during judging) and these students are then given ribbons and cash/materials
awards. We also will have an opening reception for the artists, parents,
teachers, etc.

We also will be having "a la Clay" this next year. We are working with our
local school district's Visual and Performing Arts committee to present a
one-day district-wide clay exhibit to be held during our annual Lincoln
Clayfest. As the exhibit will be held in the Lincoln Veteran's Hall, the
local American Legion Auxiliary has agreed to be the main sponsor. In
addition, a local business has offered to pay for the participation ribbons
and will give coupons for a free soft drink at his restaurant to all
participants. So far, two of the three elementary schools and the middle
school have agreed to participate and are instituting a clay unit in their
art program for the year.

We're extremely lucky in that we are a "clay" town. And, that our school
board and district administration realize the importance of the arts in
education and have agreed (just this past Spring) to put their "money where
their mouth is." I think it helps that one assistant superintendent serves
on our board; four of the five school board members are members of our
organization, one serves on our advisory board, and the chairman is married
to the executive director of the county arts council. Don't ya' think? :)


Jeanne-Marie Fritts