YOUTH ART CELEBRATION 2021
Watch our Opening Reception!
In honor of Women’s History Month, LunART's Youth Art Celebration will begin with a live premiere of all 53 submitted works on Sunday, March 21 at 2 PM CT via Facebook, YouTube, and at LunART’s website. Original music by Girls Rock Camp Madison will enhance the visual art exhibit. Following the kick off event, the artwork will remain accessible in an online gallery and on virtual display at various public venues around Madison throughout the year. Selected works will be available for in-person viewing, to be announced.
The Youth Art Celebration initiative was created to engage young girls in a meaningful and creative learning process while also sharing their artistic voices with the community. The original inspiration for this event came from a letter we received from nine year old Natalie Pauls. Recognizing that great wisdom can come from young people, applicants were asked to respond to the question, ”What is family and what does it mean to you?” LunART invited young artists in grades 2-12 to submit their two dimensional artwork, asking them to explore the meaning of family, community, and connectedness through the artistic process. We also asked our artists to think about the famous poem Human Family by Maya Angelou, which reminds us that “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”
Sharing artistic talent and providing a platform for creative voices to be heard, uplifting our community.
Building artist resume and learning about the process of preparing for an exhibit.
Participating in meaningful community engagement during this time of limited social contact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joining the LunART family, and connecting with a supportive and inspiring network of women artists!
Big things come in small packages, as the familiar saying goes, and such is the case with the inspiration for the Youth Art Celebration. It came in the form of a handwritten letter from 9 year-old Natalie Pauls. Sent to LunART, and unbeknownst to her mother, Natalie’s letter included her suggestions for youth programming and enclosed a $40 cash donation, “truly for LunART.” Her idea for a showcase featuring children’s art quickly became a natural and organic extension of the “Human Family” project, providing an outlet for creativity, connection and healing through art during these challenging social times.