EVENT: Washougal Youth Art Gallery opens March 25

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Wasugal, Wash. — The Wasugal School District and the Warsugar Arts and Culture Alliance have teamed up again to focus on student art during Wasugal Youth Arts Month (WYAM). March is nationally recognized as Youth Arts Month.

WYAM’s cornerstone event is the Washougal Youth Art Month Gallery, showcasing student work from all Washougal schools’ art, career and technical education programs. This year, it will be held March 23-25 ​​at its new location in the Washougal High School Excelsior Building at 1401 39th Street from 5-7pm and March 26 from 2-5pm. free!

“Our young artists work hard all year to create art to share with our community,” said Alice Yang, art teacher at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary and Canyon Creek Middle School and organizer of the WYAM Gallery.

Artwork on display includes multimedia, watercolor, clay, video, and includes photography, metal and wood work by WHS Career and Technical Education students. In addition to the art exhibit, music has been added to the concert hall, with WHS Choir students Lily Barrett and Megan West performing a song on Saturday at 4:20pm.

“What makes the event even more special is that the student-run Black Panther Cafe will be open Wednesdays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for people to shop for coffee creations,” WSD CTE Director Margaret Rice (Margaret Rice) said. “On Saturdays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, CTE Cooking Class students will be offering free appetizers they prepare in class while supplies last.”

Young will also set up a loom for gallery visitors as part of a community weaving project to create fabric art.

“The Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance has an excellent partnership with our school and has funded and helped to promote public artworks created by many students,” said WACA Board Member Rene Carroll. “But our favorite collaborations are with WYAM and the gallery. The level of talent displayed by these young artists is impressive. It’s a pleasure to help share this work with the community and have students recognize their efforts.”

Like many other events in 2021, last year’s WYAM Gallery was also on display online.

“While online galleries are so beautifully done, there is nothing like up-close and personal artwork,” Yang said. “Art teachers and students are excited to have a face-to-face art show this year.” The WYAM Gallery has hosted hundreds of families and art lovers in person in the past, stopping by every day to admire the students’ work.

Washougal Youth Arts Month was officially endorsed by the City of Washougal and the Washougal School Board, and a proclamation was signed at City Council and School Board meetings last month.

“By partnering with our community on this rich arts activity, we are supporting a collaborative opportunity to understand, develop and challenge all Washougal students to reach their creative potential,” said WSD Principal Mary Templeton.

Youth Arts Month was launched nationwide in 1961 when the Council on Arts Education and the National Association for Arts Education named March as Youth Arts Month to recognize the value of arts education and the arts to create a better quality of life for all. Research shows that high-quality arts education opportunities can improve critical thinking skills and even help foster important values ​​such as empathy and acceptance.

For a complete list of arts events and events scheduled throughout March, visit http://www.washougal.k12.wa.us/

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