Thomasville Times Enterprise

September 24, 2013

Center serving up students’ art

Susanne Reynolds

THOMASVILLE —  On Monday, the Thomasville Center of the Arts hosted the first school exhibit of the year with Thomasville City Schools.

The exhibition “Let Your Little Light Shine” includes artwork from grades kindergarten through the eighth grade. It is being presented by Danica Willis, art teacher at MacIntyre Park Middle School; Cortini Groover, art teacher at Harper, Jerger and Scott Elementary Schools; Mike Henshaw, art teacher for Scholars Academy; along with their students artists.

Willis said, “It’s amazing to see it all put together in one building. We all had fun and the students loved it.”

 Groover added, “Hearing and swapping the stories of the students as they created their artwork was amazing. It helped us see their little stories in the art.”

According to Americans for the Arts, it is important to “feed” children the arts. The arts are enriched with the things children need to succeed. Just like children need to have good nutrition on a daily basis, they also need to have their daily serving of the arts.

Amberinque Lawson, 13, an eighth grader at MacIntyre Park Middle School, said, “The exhibit makes me feel good about myself. I can express my feelings through art and show people I’m talented.”

Studies have shown that involvement in the arts help children increase test scores and promotes academic achievement. Students who are involved in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools, four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair and three times more likely to win an award for school attendance. However, the chances are children are not getting enough art— in or out of school.

Mary Oglesby, Thomasville Center for the Arts director of youth education and outreach, said, “The center is thrilled to collaborate with our schools and to exhibit their students’ art. We want to support their teachers and to spotlight their student artist. The students’ arts infuses the Center with energy and creativity.”

The public is invited to view “Let Your Little Light Shine” at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. The exhibit will hang in the Center’s downstairs student hallway until Oct. 25. It may be viewed Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.