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District brings focus to art

Artwork            Art will be the focus of several district activities in late February through April as USD 308 celebrates March as Youth Arts Month.

Elementary Schools

            The celebration begins at 6 p.m., Feb. 28, in the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum, when art teachers bring students from each of the district’s elementary schools to the Board of Education meeting. The students will share their artwork with Board members.

            Then throughout the month of March, the district-wide art show will be on display in the district’s Administration Center.

            The public can get involved in Youth Arts Month. Beginning March 1, artwork from the district’s sixth graders will be exhibited in an online show. This is the 13th year for the virtual gallery. The show is online at: The public is invited to go online and vote or rate their favorite piece, using the “star” rating system on the website.

            The top finalists, then, will display their artwork in their individual schools from April 7 to 20.

            The finale for elementary students will be a reception to honor the sixth grade artists who won the contest in the virtual art gallery. The reception will be at 6:30 p.m. April 20 in the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy’s Event Center, 800 15th Circle.

Hutchinson Middle School

            Youth Art Month activities at Hutchinson Middle School will be in each building.

At Hutchinson Middle School – 7, Debbie Mullins' “Independent Artists" continue painting nature scenes on the HMS-7 Cafeteria walls. The scenes include trees, clouds, a sun and animals all around. Students work after school once a week and in the summer.

            At Hutchinson Middle School – 8, Kylee Baldetti’s compact disk weaving mural is on display in the hallway outside the art room at HMS-8. This is a traveling mural that has been on display at the Kansas State Capitol.

Hutchinson High School

            Hutchinson Community College has invited HHS to participate in an art show Feb. 28 through March 17 in the Stringer Fine Arts Center on the HCC campus. The show begins with a reception at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Stringer.

            HHS artwork also is on display in Wichita. Award-winning artwork of HHS students continues to be on display at the Mark Arts Education Center in Wichita, 9112 East Central, through March 5. The artwork has been adjudicated in the annual Scholastic Art Awards competition.

            The artwork includes work of only the third student in the history of the HHS to become an American Visions Nominee in the annual Scholastics Art Awards competition. Julia Hardenburger received the nomination for one of her pieces of sculpture entered into the contest. The Visions Award is given to an up and coming artist.

            In all, seven HHS students are being recognized in the show. Those students are Hardenburger, Alexis Montoya, Siynatee McGraw, Ashlyn Foster, Nina Beaver, Madalyn Siller and Cody Murray.

The gold Key and Cash Awards Ceremony conclude the exhibition at 3 p.m. March 5. Mark Arts is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

            The final art activity for HHS will be the annual International Baccalaureate Art Show. The show and reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 21 in the HCTEA’s Events Center. The show features artwork from IB seniors at HHS.