YOUTH ART CELEBRATION
We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce our very first long term, in-person youth art exhibit, to be held at University Hospital (600 Highland Avenue, Madison) from August-October 2021! Featuring selected works of art from our Youth Art Celebration last March, the in-person display will provide a heart-warming, peaceful environment for hospital staff, patients, and their families. Exhibits can be found in the Atrium near the ENT Clinic and in the D Elevator Lobby near the Surgical Wing waiting area, both located on the 2nd floor of the hospital.
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.”
In true LunART fashion, we had a greater vision in mind. Our growing mission to create an ongoing platform for women artists prompted us to expand our support for budding young artists as well. 2021 was a year of exponential growth for LunART’s youth programming, and we invested in the potential for children’s creativity to provide hope and healing for our community. Through the UW-Hospital exhibit, young artists gain both the experience of preparing for an art show, and the affirmation of impacting the public through their creative work.
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!
Watch our Opening Reception!
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE PROJECT!
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.
This project is sponsored by: