While science-based STEM subjects have been in the spotlight in recent years, Thomasville Center for the Arts is celebrating artistic endeavors during national Youth Art Month, devoting March to showcasing the talents of local students.
“Nurturing creativity through art and music brings beauty and joy to life, but what many people don’t realize is that the arts also foster valuable real-world skills — perseverance, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking, for example,” said Michele Arwood, executive director at the Center. “These are valuable proficiencies in any job, and in life.”
The activities kick off March 1 with the opening of the High School Visual Art Show Award Ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Center’s downtown location, 209 W. Remington Ave.
“For decades, this competition has served to showcase our local high school art programs, their teachers and students while recognizing talented student artists and encouraging education to pursue their artistic goals,” said Mary Oglesby, education outreach director for the Center.
High school students from Thomas County were eligible to submit their 2D and 3D artworks to the juried competition and the finalistswill be given prizes including cash and certificates. A separate portfolio competition specifically for graduating seniors will award a$1,000 scholarships for the talented recipient to study visual arts at college.
The exhibition will run through March 28.