State of the Art From the ‘perspectives’ of AP art students, to theater and concerts, Youth Art Month provides opportunities for schools to celebrate the artist in every child.

As schools celebrate the artist in every student, the focus on arts education during March’s Youth Art Month is a reminder to our students (and full school community) to “recognize and appreciate true beauty, to be sensitive to life, to our planet and the people within it, to be compassionate, and most of all – to be human,” says Mara Rubin, the district’s Supervisor for Visual and Performing Arts.

Leo Thottumari, violin, and Emily Wong, viola, members of the LHS Honors String Ensemble, perform during the opening reception of the Student Perspectives Art Exhibit at Town Hall.

That appreciation, sensitivity and compassion are deeply nurtured by our arts and music educators, and was on full view on Monday, March 6 at the opening of the Student Perspectives Art Exhibit in Town Hall. This exhibition features nearly 75 works by the high school’s Advanced Placement art students across a range of genres and mediums, including digital photography, studio art, ceramics, and digital imaging.

“The arts enrich the curriculum in every school because they add important depth to awareness and comprehension, while at the same time affirming the interconnectedness of all forms of knowing,” Mrs. Rubin said. “An education without the arts is one that is incomplete.”

“The quality of the work really speaks to the talents of the students and the drive of the teachers. There is a lot of imagination here,” said Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein in presenting the schools with a proclamation for Youth Art Month. He is shown with LHS art teachers Linda Majzner, Arlene Brown, Pam Fenelon, and Chris Iannuzzi, and Mara Rubin, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts.

The calendar is full with offerings. Artistic achievements on stage, behind stage, and those who literally build the stage will be showcased at two musicals, the LHS “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” (March 16-March 18), and Heritage’s "Seussical” (March 24-March 26).

“The arts provide multiple ways to experience the world and our relationship to it,” Mrs. Rubin said. “The arts enable students to discern, express, communicate, and understand themselves, others and the world at large.”

More than 20 Gold Key awards were won by high school students in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Contest, with art of some of the students currently on view at the Montclair Art Museum. And middle school artists are featured in a new exhibit at the Livingston Public School administrative offices on Foxcroft Drive.

The high school’s Honors String Ensemble provided music for the town hall art exhibit. Student musicians will be furthered featured at the District Jazz Festival on March 22 and the All Township Concert on April 4.

Our photos show the opening of "Student Perspectives." It runs until April 24 and is presented by the Arts Council of Livingston.

Youth Art Month, "Student Perspectives," March 6, 2017

Livingston Public Schools, Livingston, New Jersey


Marilyn Joyce Lehren, Livingston Public Schools

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