Youth Art celebration at PMA

Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in Culture

Youth Art celebration at PMA

Image credit: Self-Portrait, mixed media, by Jenn Seneres, Grade 12,
Thornton Academy, Saco. Teacher: Jodi Thomas.

PORTLAND — In celebration of National Youth Art Month during March, the Portland Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Maine Art Education Association, has organized an exhibition of artwork by Maine students.

This year celebrates the 32nd anniversary of Youth Art Month exhibitions in Maine and the 18th annual exhibition at the museum. The museum’s exhibition, on view from Feb. 28 through April 1, will showcase more than 100 works of art by students throughout the state, from elementary school through high school.

An exhibition celebration will be held at the museum from 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 10. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. The focus of this month is to convey to the public that art education develops self-discipline, self-esteem, and a sense of pride in self-expression. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961, and on the state level, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association, since 1980.

The Portland Museum of Art  is located at 7 Congress Square in downtown Portland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with I.D., $4 for youth ages 6 to 17, and children under 6 are free. Admission is free for all on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., made possible through the support of L.L.Bean. No admission is required to visit the Museum Café and Store. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

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