READING, PA (October 23, 2017) – About 200 pieces of artwork by students of all ages in the Conrad Weiser Area School District are on public display at Berks County Community Foundation headquarters until January 15.
Hundreds of students, teachers, administrators and students’ relatives and friends attended an opening reception on Sunday to recognize the artists’ talents.
The exhibit is part of an ongoing series showcasing artwork by students from across Berks County. Previous exhibits featured artwork from the Governor Mifflin, Muhlenberg, Reading, Tulpehocken and Wyomissing school districts, as well as students from area Catholic schools and from students who prepared art for an exhibit staged by VOiCEup Berks.
The exhibits, which feature work in varying media, are a way for the community to show support for schools’ art programs.
“Art and music continue to be among the first targets of budget cuts for school districts, but those programs are beloved by students and parents and they are a crucial component of a well-rounded curriculum,” said Kevin K. Murphy, Community Foundation president.
Studies have shown that art and music programs influence academic achievement, civic engagement, critical thinking and other important characteristics.
The current exhibit features work from students of art teachers Jessica Alexander, Christine Goodhart, Wendy Kushner, Brittany Lazer, Russ Lowe, and Ashley Moore. Installation of the exhibits is managed by Frances A. Aitken, Community Foundation senior vice president for finance and operations, and Vivi Anthony, administrative assistant.
“The eventual goal of this program is to showcase artwork from students representing all schools in Berks County,” Aitken said.
The free exhibit is open to visitors Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until January 15.
Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a civic leader for our region by developing, managing and distributing charitable funds aimed at improving the quality of life in Berks County. More information is available at www.bccf.org.