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2011 Youth Art Month
2011 Youth Art Month
Sheila BriggsYouth Art Month 2011 Celebration Awards Ceremony
May 24, 2011 – State Capitol Rotunda
Remarks – Sheila Briggs
Assistant State Superintendent
Division for Academic Excellence
Department of Public Instruction
Thank you, Jen. Good afternoon. I am so pleased to be with you today. I bring you greetings from State Superintendent Tony Evers. I know how much he values the arts, and he asked me to pass on his congratulations.
The Department of Public Instruction is proud to be a part of this special event each year. It is such a pleasure to celebrate the culmination of Youth Art Month. It is also a great honor to present awards to talented student artists.
I am amazed at the artwork on display. The talents and gifts that the students have shared with us are indeed incredible, and the great art instruction the students have received is quite apparent.
I firmly believe that arts education is essential to the basic education for all students and that it is an important part of our ultimate challenge to place all children on a path to success. Additionally, the public is demanding that our schools produce flexible and creative problem-solvers who are career and college ready when they graduate high school. The arts are a vital part of that goal for Wisconsin, and a key to Superintendent Evers’ goal of Every Child a Graduate.
Arts education is important to learning and life because art is a tool that helps us learn about and understand the world. Art can give students motivation for school, and even more importantly, provides experiences where students can be creative and think imaginatively.
Teachers of many subject areas use art to integrate visual literacy across the curriculum and to transform the learning environment. Meaning is constructed from visual images and aesthetic tasks, and in addition, assists with comprehension of content learning. This all helps teachers connect learning to the real world.
I know I can speak for everyone at the Department of Public Instruction when I say that we are very proud of our talented student artists; we are grateful to our educators and parents who are so dedicated to our young artists; and, finally, we are thankful to our sponsoring arts organizations.
Thank you all for your efforts in the important work done for arts education. Your dedication is appreciated. I am pleased to share this day of celebration with you. Congratulations once again to our talented student artists and thank you all for being here.
Youth Art Awards 2011
Wisconsin Youth Art Month Display, NAEA Conference 2011. Photo: Frank JuarezAwards have been selected for Youth Art Month 20011! Congratulations to the following students!
Mandy Uebele - Danielle Tsukano at West Salem
Katilyn Wirth – Jan Wallrich at Oconto Falls
Samantha LoDuca -Nora Larscheid at Divine Savior Holy Angels
Hailey Sullivan -Karen Watson-Newlin at Badger Middle School
Hannah Pagels -Celia Shogren at Amherst High School
Jayme Hanson -Brian Doolittle at Ellsworth Middle School
Grant Bohnsack -Angie Hemker at West Salem
Riley Romalia -Alice Tzakais at Friendship Learning Center
Noel Basil Janann Miller at Richards in Whitefish Bay
Laura Anna Koskinen -Ruth Vander Horck at Edgewood Campus School
Josiah Williams -Steven Loftus at John Marshall
Brooklyn Jackson -Mike Pike at Hillside Elementary
McKenna Jacobs, Grade 11, New Holstein High SchoolCarly Schreiner, Grade 8, DeLong Middle School, Eau ClaireW.T. Graham
South West Region
Julia Budack - Bonnie Valley, teacher
Monona Grove High School
Kristin Coggins - Amanda Mory, teacher
Clove Rewey - Nancy Hagen, teacher
Fox Prairie Elementary
Luxeng Xiong - Jaimie Prahl, teacher
Edgerton Middle School
Thomas Weger - Hannah Diedrich, teacher
Edgerton High School
Tabitha Egli - Janice Douglas, teacher
Monroe High School
Jaron Haase - Jennifer Hoppenjan, teacher
North Central Region
Maxwell Sorenson - Stephen Loftus, teacher
Hawthorn Hills Elementary
Fiona Gaugert - Connie Henke, teacher
Jessica Kowalczyk - Preston Miller, teacher
Wautoma High School
Riley Esselman - Daria Skibba, teacher
Alexander Middle School
Keegan Pulchinski - Betsy Miller, teacher
Chloe Kreuser - Sharon Aiken Bruha
Wisconsin Rapids Middle School
Matthew Zuelke - Cynthia Maly-Beranek
Stratford High School
North East Region
Alyssa Weiland - Alice Tzakais, teacher
Friendship Learning Center
Chandler Wood - Sharon Caldwell, teacher
Green Lake School
Cody Gerber - Linda Evans, teacher
Rock River Intermediate School
Mary Miller - Kelli Dercks, teacher
Beaver Dam High School
Noelle Frank - Deb King, teacher
Madysen Desmet - Deb King, teacher
Franklin Key To Learning Charter
Scout Lex - Kristine Landreman, teacher
West De Pere Westwood Elementary
West Central Region
Dallas Kammel - Mai Chang Vue, teacher
Central High School
Cheyenne Banasik - Ronnah Metz, teacher
Harry Spence Elementary
Kathryn Weberg - Patti Suda, teacher
Loyal High School
Erik Polsean - Marty Yohn, teacher
Granton High School
Logan Miller - Lynnae Burns, teacher
Logan Middle School
Carter Brown - Johanna Peterson, teacher
Northstar Middle School
Amy Springer - Lori Aschenbrener
Central High School
South East Region
Greta Grum - Margret Von Ruden, teacher
Divine Savior Holy Angels
Chloe Stevens - Sherri Kultgen, teacher
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Collin Borazo - Ann Dirnbauer, teacher
West Allis Central High School
Samantha Chromy - Terra Chmielewski, teacher
Menomonee Falls High School
Autumn Berndt - Peggy Henke, teacher
Jaden Mirek - Marcia Gorra-Patek, teacher
Angelina Coolidge - Cam Weinstock, teacher
North West Region
Chase Van Pelt - Paula Mcdaniels, teacher
Turtle Lake Elementary
Tayler Olson - Shelly Nelson, teacher
Olivia Greeder - Laura Gunderson, teacher
Justice Harvieux - Bridget Haugen, teacher
New Richmond High School
Autumn Lewien - Kristin Hanson, teacher
Ellsworth High School
Violet Stravisky - Brian Doolittle, teacher
Ellsworth Middle School
Ivy Sharpley - Sara Allen, teacher
Purchase Youth Art Month works of art as a keepsake!!!
The WAEA is pleased to announce that for the first time, you have the opportunity to commemorate your child’s 2011 YAM participation by way of a customized keepsake.
Artsonia, our 2011 YAM collection of art work is featured at artsonia.com. Here you can browse the artwork and view the online gift shop, which provides more than 30 customized products personalized with your child’s artwork and name.
Not only is this a great way to celebrate your child’s creativity, but it also serves as fundraiser for Youth Art Month in Wisconsin.
Art Shapes the World!
Click here for the results of the 2011 YAM flag contest.
2011 Youth Art Month Flag Designer
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Gary Boisvert - Art Teacher
(Both pictured at right)
What Art Means to Me…
Art is very special to me. I have loved art since I was a tiny kid. I can’t really put my finger on why I love it so much. Art is just so interesting and there are so many possibilities of what you can do! I can be creative and just be myself.
What is Youth Art Month?Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.
Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum.
Click here to see lots of pictures from the 2011 State YAM celebration held in Madison.
Rachel Huettl, flag design winner and U.S. House of Representative Petri show off Wisconsin flag in Washington D.C. Click here to see video.