Youth Art Month is an annual national observance in March celebrating and emphasizing the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. In the past year, students moved their learning online, met with peers and teachers virtually, and loaded their artwork onto digital platforms for display and review. Following this new vein of exhibiting art, we present Youth Art Month 2020/2021 (YAM). This year the theme for Youth Art Month is "Art Connects Us." Students from area schools present work created during their year of virtual learning. This virtual exhibition features a variety of mediums, from graphite drawings to watercolor paintings to mixed media sculptures. Artwork comes from area homeschooled students and the virtual classrooms of Aryn Bergsven (Harbor City International School), Chrissy Valento (Lincoln Park Middle School), and Deb Hannu (Ordean East Middle School).
With humble gratitude, we dedicate this year’s Youth Art Month to the students and teachers who did more than ever to make this event possible.
“Connecting with one another during the pandemic has brought challenges for us all. Students have navigated a year of schooling removed from teachers and friends, reaching out and learning online. This year’s Youth Art Month highlights how art connects us, how art brings us together while physically distant, finding commonality in isolation. Drawing inspiration from class assignments, their home environments and the new world thrust upon us, students explored the outdoors, visited classic paintings, and investigated materials on hand. They built mixed media collages, brought us views from home and reflected on themselves. Most importantly this year’s youth artists showed us and themselves that they can do hard things and how to find joy in the process.”
—Amy Varsek, DAI Exhibitions Director
The Duluth Art Institute's programs and services are made possible in part through the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2018.