Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) will host its annual Youth Art Day at West Perry High School, 2608 Shermans Valley Rd., Elliottsburg, on Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Youth Art Day is a showcase of visual art, music and literary talent from students or residents of Perry County in kindergarten through 12th grade. The event features a large student art exhibition, as well as live music, readings of award-winning literature, kids’ activities and a community mural painting project.
On March 6, out-of-county jurors evaluated 137 literary and 676 visual art entries, awarding students First, Second and Third place ribbons. All of these entries will be on display at Youth Art Day. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of artwork to win the “People’s Choice” award and a $100 cash prize. Voting will end at 2:45 p.m.
There are 15 musical performances scheduled for Youth Art Day that will be evaluated by a panel of impartial music instructors of various disciplines. All students will receive constructive feedback from performance evaluators, who will then select a standout performer to win a $100 grand prize as part of this year’s “Perry County’s Got Talent.” The winner will be announced during a 3 p.m. awards ceremony, during which time, students whose visual art or literature entries exhibited exemplary talent will be honored as well.
The county-wide youth art show is open to the public and offers a day filled with activities for audiences of all ages. Teaching artist Emily Nell will be working with West Perry Middle School youth as part of a PCCA Arts-In-Education residency to create individual art projects using the techniques of scherenschnitte (paper cutting) and watercolor to explore their dreams. The residency, which is made possible through community funding and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, will go hand-in-hand with the “Be Kind” program at West Perry. This program allows students time for self-reflection and planning to reach for the stars. Students will be invited to share their creations and their experiences in their culminating event at Youth Art Day.
Teaching artist Jon Laidacker is working with Greenwood High School students to create a community mural highlighting the history of Liverpool. Historians from the Liverpool Historical Society will be on-site at Youth Art Day to tell visitors about the history of Liverpool. This project highlights the stories of Liverpool, and will expand the PCCA historic mural trail. This project is made possible through Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, community funding, and a generous grant from the Robert H. and Beverly U. Fowler Foundation.
West Perry High School English teacher Lynne Reeder will host a poetry reading of poems written by her creative writing students. Lynne was the Perry County Poet Laureate 2016, 2018 & 2019 and PCCA Educator of the Year in 2017.
Lunch items and snacks will be available for purchase in the cafeteria. Admission is $4 for adults and students are free.
Youth Art Day is funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and donations from community members and businesses. To support Youth Art Day, visit www.perrycountyarts.org/donate