News from Dr. Cruz: National Youth Art Month
March is National Youth Art Month. It gives us the opportunity to highlight our district’s outstanding fine arts programs and to showcase our talented student artists.
I am continually impressed by the degree of artistic talent I see at every grade level, from kindergarten through high school. Fine arts programming establishes a foundation for careers and interests that lasts a lifetime.
The Austin ISD Performing Arts Center is currently showcasing more than 1,500 works of art created by students from 113 of our elementary, middle and high schools. Works include painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, collage, weaving, ceramics, photography, jewelry and electronic media. The exhibit runs through Friday, March 27.
Student artwork is also being shown citywide. Ten billboards throughout Austin feature a colorful design by Rachel Davidson, a 12th-grade art student at Akins High School. Ms. Davidson’s work was selected as the winner of this year’s billboard design contest.
In another Youth Art Month contest, Patton Elementary fifth-grade student Eiman Tauseef created a winning T-shirt design with the theme "Austin is Batty About Art." The T-shirts are being sold at schools throughout the month of March.
Each spring, the work of some of the most outstanding student artists in the state is displayed at the state capitol. This year, AISD was represented by one high school student, two middle school students and one elementary school student.
Congratulations to these students and teachers for their achievements.
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.