GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - For the past nine years, the Grand Canyon National Park community has celebrated National Youth Art Month with an exhibition of artwork created by local school children. This year's exhibit theme is Arizona: Then and Now.
In celebration of Arizona's 100th anniversary of statehood, students from the Grand Canyon Unified Schools (K-12) interpreted the theme through a variety of media. This year 50 pieces were selected for the exhibit, with awards being given in grade/age categories (K-5; 4-8; 9-12), as well as a Best of Show award, which is featured on this year's Arts for our Parks poster. Sales of the poster go directly to supporting next year's exhibit.
Students in Kindergarten through 12th grades were invited to enter one piece of their original art to compete in this unique juried exhibit. Prizes were awarded at the opening reception March 6 at Park Headquarters.
Students were required to research and think about what it was like at the Grand Canyon community 100 years ago. In the past 100 years, the Grand Canyon itself has only changed a little bit - some erosion and some changes on the rim due to human activity, but has essentially has stayed the same - for hundreds of thousands of years. The students were asked to respond to what they think about when they consider the passing of time at a place where the human and natural landscape changes very slowly. What would it have been like for a kid 100 years ago living at the Grand Canyon? The world was a very different place - no computers, no televisions, and no school for the average American kid. The art that is shown in this exhibit reflects on Arizona: Then and Now.
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This year's juror is British jeweler Georgina Orme (georginaorme.com), the National Park Service South Rim Artist-in-Residence for February.
The exhibit is sponsored by Grand Canyon National Park in partnership with Grand Canyon Association and Grand Canyon Unified School District, with broad support from the Grand Canyon and Tusayan communities and its business leaders.