San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education are teaming up to give young people the chance to showcase their artwork. On Wednesday they launched the program that starts in November.
The project is called Awaken, in honor or the process artist go through as they discover art and create it. The museum and school districts hope is to challenge students while they explore their artistic expression. Any student from Kindergarten to 12 th grade that wants to participate will have a chance to exhibit their artwork in the museum throughout the year.
” Its really to promote art, to inspire art in our students and to really showcase student art here, ” says Superintendent for Atascadero Unified School District, Tom Butler.
High school student and artist Lucia Landerrs plans to participate in Awaken and finds connection and community in art.
” It shows us that even though in this divided world there are certain things that do bring us together, and I believe one of those is artwork,” says Landerrs.
Landerrs has been making art since she was very young and knows just how powerful being given a platform to showcase your artwork can be.
” It showed me that I had some sort of influence, I believe it’s helped me integrate myself in the society here, ” says Landerrs.
Integration and community are themes the museum included in the program. The first exhibit’s theme will be Community and showcase high school students creations November 2nd. The second installment will be February 1 st for middle school students themed Nature . The last exhibit will be around the idea of Discovery for elementary students in the beginning of May.
Executive Director of SLO Museum of Art, Karen Kile says she strives to have art in every child’s life and feels this program will encourage that.
” To have their artwork shown here is going to be transformational for some children, and who knows maybe even life-changing, ” says Kile.
To find more information on how to register go to www.sloma.org.