The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and the Santa Barbara County Alliance for Arts Education (SBCAAE) present “Come Together: An Exhibition of Student Artwork Created in Santa Barbara Schools.”
The exhibition showcases art created during the school day by talented student artists now through May 19 in the Betteravia Galleries at the County’s Santa Maria Administration Building, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway. A free public opening reception will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 and feature dance performances by students from El Camino Junior High and Orcutt Union School District.
“Come Together: An Exhibition of Student Artwork Created in Santa Barbara Schools” celebrates dedication to the arts by county teachers and students. In addition to instructing art as a standalone course, many teachers utilize arts to increase student comprehension of curricula such as math, science and language arts. A diverse pool of exhibiting student artists represent Santa Maria-Bonita School District, Orcutt Union School District, Blochman School District, Santa Barbara Unified School District and Santa Maria Joint Union High School.
The exhibition arose from an event co-hosted by the Santa Barbara County Education Office and the California Alliance for Arts Education where County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido addressed the importance of arts education and providing student artists the opportunity to display their work.
Regarding the exhibition, Salcido says, “The artwork on display exhibits an extraordinary sample of the creativity of students in our local schools. Through the support of their teachers, these students have the opportunity to display their talent in a public forum. The act of publicly displaying one’s artwork really is an act of courage. The vision, innovation and artistry demonstrated is an inspiration for all, and underscores the value that a study of the arts adds to a student’s educational experience.”
Research consistently demonstrates that arts study remains critical to every child’s intellectual development. The arts foster work skills necessary in the 21st century, such as creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Students who participate in the arts have higher attendance and lower dropout rates. The arts also increase parent involvement, graduation rates, test scores and overall achievement across socioeconomic strata.
About the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture:
The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is a Division of the County’s Community Services Department, serving as the local governmental umbrella for arts and culture projects and programs within Santa Barbara County. The Office represents a longstanding partnership between the County of Santa Barbara and the City of Santa Barbara. For more than 30 years, both governments have shared resources and staff to maximize support for Santa Barbara arts and culture institutions, programs, initiatives and projects. For information, go to www.sbac.ca.gov.
Source: Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture