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Youth art on display

Amy Okamoto

March is National Youth Art Month and National Arts Education Month. What better way to mark the occasion than with a celebration of our area’s aspiring young artists?

The Norfolk Public, Parochial & Home School Student Exhibition is on display at the Norfolk Arts Center now through April 2. The exhibit was curated by area art teachers and features the work of students from kindergarten through senior high school. All Norfolk parochial, home schools and public schools were invited to display. The result is a vibrant and eclectic collection of sculpture, drawings, pottery and photography. The teachers were encouraged to display their own work as well.

The young artists’ works have taken over the atrium and the gallery at the NAC. There are even opportunities to make yourself into a work of art via an art-selfie, where your face takes the place of a famous subject. Admission to the NAC is free. I encourage you to explore the exhibit with the entire family. Even if your child does not have work on display, supporting and enjoying the arts is an easy and rewarding lesson for us all.

The exhibit opening reception was Saturday, March 9. NAC celebrated arts education by offering a free art class as part of their Second Saturday community art series. If you missed out on that fun opportunity, there are several upcoming free or low-cost events, including Passport to Art, a free class for all area 5th graders. Additionally, NAC will be hosting several $5 drop-in art classes for toddlers through elementary-ages during the months of March and April.

The Artist Speaker Series resumes on March 21st with artist Jon Cates, who will be discussing his work on the first glitch western movie. The informational artist talks are free to all and hosted at the NAC.

Music of the Andean culture will grace the stage at the Johnny Carson Theatre on March 21st. Kusi Taki, an award-winning Lincoln-based Andean musical group, will play traditional South American instruments to bring the culture and history of the Andes to Norfolk-area students. Tickets are available through the NAC’s website. The performance is best-suited for students in grades 5 through 8.

Other Art Events

“Shrek the Musical”

The final performance of the Norfolk High School’s spring musical. Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

“Elf the Musical”

Lutheran High Northeast’s musical. Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the school.

Camp Willow Sip & Paint Class

Friday, March 29

The NAC and Camp Willow are partnering to raise money for their summer camp for children with disabilities. Two sessions will be offered with limited seating. Contact the NAC to reserve your spot.

History Exhibit

Norfolk High School AP US History students exhibit at Elkhorn Valley Museum. Exhibit opening is Wednesday, March 20, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the museum.

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