March is Youth Art Month and Warren Public Library is once again partnering with students around the county to host an exhibit in the Wetmore Gallery.
Youth Art Month has been observed each March since its creation in 1961.
“A couple years ago I had read something about Youth Art Month,” Children’s Librarian Susan Slater said. “The idea was to promote art in schools. When facing budget cuts, art is often one of the first things to go. I contacted Barb Kersey (at Warren Area High School) and this is what we came up with – the art gallery upstairs.”
According to Slater, the yearly exhibit has run for “at least five years,” and annually hosts an open house.
This year’s event was held on March 7 and had 393 people attend.
“That’s always a popular event,” Slater noted.
Gallery pieces include items from a wide range of age groups and locations as teachers choose works for display from students in grades kindergarten through 12. Work from approximately 230 students is featured this year.
According to Slater, the exhibit features art from homeschool students for the first time this year.
“We were contacted by one of the homeschool parents,” Slater said. “I wish we had thought of that before.”
Work will be on display at the library through March 23, Slater said, and the Wetmore Gallery will be open to the public.
“As long as the library is open the doors are open,” Slater said. “The library, we love the extra traffic it brings too.”
Each display piece features an identification card listing the artist’s name, grade and type of media used in the piece.
Students also receive a certificate for having a piece hosted at the gallery.
“How proud the children are, it’s just a wonderful, wonderful thing for the children,” Slater said.