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MRL and Harrisonburg City Schools Collaborating with Art Exhibit

2/23/2012
Massanutten Regional Library Main is currently exhibiting artwork from Harrisonburg City School students, kindergarten through 12th grade, Saturday, Feb. 25 through Apr.10. The public can view the artwork during Main’s weekly operating hours. 
 
Massanutten Regional Library Main and Harrisonburg City Schools are collaborating to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for school art programs. “We are very excited to be able to exhibit such creativity!” states Clare Eakin, Youth Services Coordinator for Massanutten Regional Library. “This is going to be a yet another wonderful collaboration with Harrisonburg City Schools.”
 
March has been designated Youth Art Month, an annual observance which was first established in 1961. Its purpose is to provide a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. Additional exhibits and events are planned for each city school.
 
One strong mission for art education involves the value of art in a school curriculum. The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cite that some 1.25 million Americans work in the visual arts and that one in 111 jobs is in art and design. Furthermore, jobs in design have increased 43% in the past decade. By 2016, jobs for artists and designers are predicted to increase by 42%.
 
“The artwork is amazing,” says Cheryl Griffith, Community Relations Manager at Massanutten Regional Library Main. “The colors are vibrant, the artistic detailing is minutely defined, and the works range from drawings to sculptures. It is unbelievable what our students are doing. The artwork will be here at MRL Main for over a month; I want to personally invite the public to come and gaze at the talent exhibited here. I am so glad Harrisonburg City Schools gave Massanutten Regional Library Main the opportunity to showcase such splendid work.”
 
The art show kicked off Saturday, Feb. 25, in Massanutten Regional Library Main Branch, with a reception for teachers and students.  Dairy Queen of Carlton Street provided refreshments for the activity. 
 
For more information on the school schedules for other events, please visit
http://harrisonburg.k12.va.us/Home. Click on the links for Massanutten Regional Library’s operating hours and schedule of events.

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