News from Dr. Cruz: Youth Art Month
March is National Youth Art Month, a time to celebrate our incredible fine arts programs and to showcase the great talents of our student artists.
At every grade level, our students create impressive works of art in all mediums, from photography to weaving to sculpture. In addition to guiding our students as they create their pieces, our fine arts teachers are helping students establish a foundation for careers and interests that lasts beyond their schooldays.
The Austin ISD Performing Arts Center is currently showcasing more than 1,700 works of art representing 113 elementary, middle and high schools. Staff, families and the community are invited to visit the Districtwide Art Show, which runs through March 29 and includes painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, collage, ceramics, electronic media and more. The show welcomes visitors 8 a.m.–8 p.m. during the week; hours vary on weekends.
You can also see student artwork citywide, on 10 billboards that feature the work of Travis Early College High School junior David Thang. His work was selected as the winner of this year’s billboard design contest, the theme of which was "Imagine the Possibilities." David joined the AISD family as a refugee from Burma, and is now on track to be valedictorian of his class of 2018.
This year's Art Month T-shirts feature a design created by Oak Springs Elementary School second-grader Julian Jose Panchi. The theme of his design is, "Art Grows Your Imagination.”
These achievements are a testament to the hard work and creativity of our students and teachers, and we congratulate them on their successes.
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.