The 36th Annual Student Art Month Is Here!
The Arts Council of Windham County (ACWC) is celebrating 36 years of Student Arts Month, which takes place each March. Throughout the years, we have celebrated blossoming young artists in Windham County while recognizing the teachers and school infrastructures that help these students flourish. ACWC has partnered with venues, schools, and teachers to arrange activities featuring the work of young artists throughout the county.
Between eight and ten county high schools participate in Student Art Month, as well as many elementary and middle schools, and there are approximately three hundred pieces of art entered in the high school art show alone. Festivities always begin with the opening of the High School Visual Art Show during March's first-Friday Gallery Walk. This year the 2D works, including photography, will be hung at the River Garden Gallery, and the 3D works will be at Vermont Artisan Designs' Gallery 2 on the 2nd floor at 106 Main Street.
The shows open at 5:30 on Friday, March 4, to coincide with the official start time for Gallery Walk. The River Garden reception runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This year's band, "Bad to Be Good," is an Eastern Country and Northern Blues dance band. We are sharing the space this year with the Brattleboro Time Trade organization, who are hosting their 2nd annual "Spring Forward" fundraiser in the River Garden on the same evening.
Artwork created by high school students is judged by a panel of professional artists. Awards are given for Best of Show in eleven different categories, and Special Commendations also go to a number of high school student artists. The public also has the opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces in our "People's Choice Awards" as the show continues throughout the month.
This year ACWC is grateful to have received two grants to help with expenses of Student Art Month, from the Crosby-Gannett Fund and the Dunham-Mason Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. We send our thanks to both of those wonderful sponsors.
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