The Anchorage Museum Showcases a National Youth Art Month Exhibit
By: Gabriela Alcazar-Salazar and Izzy Kafar
Posted March 28, 2019
On Friday March 2nd the Anchorage Museum hosted a free night showcasing art from students all over the Anchorage School District. This was the 47th year the museum has put this event on, celebrating National Youth Art Month which promotes art and art education throughout thousands of American schools. The student art was staged on the first floor. Once you enter the museum you walk through the lobby towards the back and follow the hallway to the open, atrium area. The highlight of this student-centered exhibit were the five painted trash-cans located next to the stairs, each representing a different school. Service, Hanshew, Polaris, and West students each took part in designing their own.
Service High School in particular, designed two of the trash-cans that were on display. One was a collaboration of the Service High National Art Honor Society and other art students, while the other was created by junior Keriakia Hammer. They are titled “Unity Through Diversity” and “Sui Generis Koi”. Both pieces were overseen by Service High art teachers Ms. Mullins and Mrs. Chmielewski. Ultimately, after the trash cans have spent some time at the museum they will be placed around different parts of Anchorage for use.
The intention of this exhibit was to showcase not only the diversity of the Anchorage School District, but individuality as well. The display included many different styles of artwork. All grade levels from kindergarten to high school participated in the event. Each piece was chosen by the art teacher of that school, whether it was photography, a painting, pottery, or various other form. This gave many students the opportunity to share their creative talent with the community.
A trash can waits next to the Service High School library before it makes it's way to the student art show at the Anchorage Museum. Photo by: Gaby Alcazar-Salazar
Youth art exhibit at the Anchorage Museum. Photo by: Gaby Alcazar-Salazar
Service junior, Keriakia Hammer works on the 2nd trash can. Photo by: Izzy Kafar