Department of Education to Open Exhibit of Art Works from Nine Colorado Public Schools on May 4 in Washington, D.C.

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Department of Education to Open Exhibit of Art Works from Nine Colorado Public Schools on May 4 in Washington, D.C.

Featuring Musical Performances by Wakefield High School (Va.) Students

April 28, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education will open “Art at the Apex: An Exhibit of Works by Colorado Students” in the Department’s National Library of Education on May 4 at 11 a.m. The 32 works in the exhibit were created by students from nine Colorado public schools in grades one through 12 and reflect the students’ concern for their environments, their exploration into self-discovery, and their respect for cultural diversity. The exhibit will open with a ribbon-cutting and continue throughout the month of May.

Cheri Isgreen, a 2008–09 Department Teaching Ambassador Fellow from Colorado, will be among the guest speakers. Other speakers are National Art Education Association Executive Director Deborah Reeve, Colorado fourth-grade artist Sarena Payte, and the Department’s Brad Jupp. Students from Wakefield High School (Va.) will perform musical selections in honor of the Colorado students in the show. Also featured will be the documentary Scientist in Residence, about the Polaris arts and science integration program at Ebert Elementary School in Denver, funded by the Colorado Council on the Arts and supported by artists-in-residence, parents, and volunteers.

“The arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds that students will go on to graduate from college,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Arts education is essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical to young Americans competing in a global economy.”

Isgreen, who is also a Colorado art teacher said: “This exhibit shows evidence of how art students in this high-altitude state use metaphor and creative critical thinking to articulate ideas in a variety of media, both traditional and contemporary. Colorado art teachers inspire their students to explore their curiosity and creativity to learn about themselves and their world through crafting compelling visual narratives.”

The Department’s Student Art Exhibit Program, now in its seventh year, features visual art created by students in U.S. and international schools, and provides students and teachers an opportunity to display creative work from the classroom and promote art as a tool for education and learning for all.

To attend the opening of “Art at the Apex,” visit the exhibit and receive more information about the Department’s Student Art Exhibit Program, contact Jackye Zimmermann at 202-401-0762 or at