The Alliance for the Arts gallery will overflow with work by Lee County art students during the month of April. This is the 20th Annual Lee Arts Educators Association (LAEA) show at the Alliance. This yearly show, titled “The Future of Art,” gives public and private art teachers the opportunity to display a sampling of their students’ work. It includes more than forty schools and more than a thousand pieces of student art. Elementary and middle school students will cover the walls with colorful drawings, paintings, ceramics, and three-dimensional pieces from April 4th through 12th with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 4th from 5-7:00 p.m. Their work will then be replaced by high school pieces, with another opening reception on Wednesday, April 18th from 5-7:00 p.m. Judges will select high school winners in several categories and award a Best in Show. Refreshments for the high school reception will be generously provided by Evan’s Neighborhood Pizza. The high school work will remain on display until April 28th.

 

LAEA is a group of volunteer art teachers who work to recognize and promote students with interest and aptitude in the arts. For the first time this year its member teachers will display their work in the Alliance Member Gallery in April. Young Artists Awards will be featured in the Foulds Theatre Lobby.

 

Part of the Alliance mission is to nurture future artists. Having the opportunity to show their work in a professional gallery for thousands to see helps students build confidence and advance their artistic abilities. Studies have shown that kids who are involved in the arts are more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, elected to class office and participate in science and math fairs.