The Suitcase Lady


March 22, 2016, 10:23 pm

March is painted in many shades of gray up here in the tundra where I live. But my month was anything but gray.

March is also Youth Art Month and I availed myself of all the color I could get by visiting Y.A.M. shows and putting up a large display of my students’ work.

My home school district is one of the lowest funded in our state. All programs and budgets in our schools have been cut many times over.

After hanging the art of my students who live in more affluent counties, I headed to the art museum that was displaying the work of the young people in my community’s public schools. Against all odds, the show was spectacular. Our art museum frees every gallery for the display of student art from kindergarten through senior high.

Bravo to our children and their spirited teachers. I want to share a few of the many lovely pieces of art from this show. I also want to share two quotations the teachers chose to accompany the artwork.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.”
Michelle Obama


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