We just kicked off our first inaugural “Future of the Arts” juried exhibit for the children of Shawnee Mission. It was a great success for our first year. We already have exciting plans for the one next year.
Two years ago the Prairie Village City Council and Mayor asked The Arts Council to think of ways to bring Prairie Village’s younger families together to celebrate art in our community.
So we decided, what better way than to celebrate the creativity and talent of our local children with a juried art show for grades 1-12th. This art exhibit is featured for April in the Endres Gallery. It’s fashioned after the Arts Council’s popular, 12-year adult juried exhibit in October, “State of the Arts,” But the new “Future of the Arts” in April also includes performing arts, musical arts and Literary arts as well as the familiar visual 2D and 3D art.
Future of the Arts 2016:
A juried childrens art exhibit.
By Julie Flanagan, FOTA Chair
(Article in the Village Voice May Issue 2016)
…The Opening Gala on Friday night, April 8th, brought a great crowd of almost 100 people all ages including young families just looking for a children’s version of “First Friday.” Dawning the walls of City Hall was the lively collection of 2D and 3D visual artwork done by residents of the Shawnee Mission area. The Gala also hosted live performances including 2 classical vocalists from the 12th grade, and a traditional Filipino dance done by a 5th grader between moving sticks called “tinikling,” Families also enjoyed a “Scavenger Hunt” through the art and a “Make and Take” are project, piano jazz, munchies and an exciting awards presentation.
The arts Council generated a prestigious group of 5 judges who were impressed and challenged by the adjudication of this collection. They chose a winner from each age group and category. These 2D/3D judges were Brad Sneed, (children’s book illustrator, www.bradseneed.com), Lisarae Turnbull, Photographer, www.LisaraePhotoDesign.com), Christine Webster, 30 Art Ed Veteran including the Nelson Atkins Museum, KCK High Schools, and currently UMKC) Jennifer Short, (Art educator Nelson Atkins Museum and Center Jr. High)
If you stop by City Hall in April, you’ll be touched by what you’ll see: Fresh and delightful, profound and provoking, sincere and revealing. Children’s art CAN be powerful for adults.