The Westfield Public Schools are celebrating the nationally acclaimed Youth Art Month with colorful and creative displays throughout the downtown area. Paintings, drawings, and sculpture designed by approximately 320 students from Westfield’s ten public schools are displayed by 39 downtown merchants as well as the Westfield Memorial Library, who volunteered their window or display space for the month of March.
“Youth Art Month celebrates creativity and brings communities together through art,” explained Tom Weber, Supervisor of Fine Arts for the Westfield Public Schools. “This event provides many of our creative and talented students in grades kindergarten through twelve the opportunity to have their artwork proudly displayed throughout our community.”
Weber noted that merchants expressed appreciation when contacted about Youth Art Month, happy to have the popular event up and running after it was cut short by the pandemic in 2020.
“Each student art piece was selected for various reasons and reflects different concepts and skills that are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in the arts,” Weber added. “I couldn’t be more proud to work with such dedicated teachers, generous parent volunteers, and supportive community businesses who make this great event possible.”
A nationwide tradition that began more than 50 years ago, Youth Art Month emphasizes the value of art education and encourages support for school art programs according to www.arteducators.org.