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Date of Release: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Contact Info: 

Sheri Castelnuovo, Curator of Education     608.257.0158 x 227 or

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information                
608.257.0158 x 237 or

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Young at Art Celebrates Student Artists

Young at Art Celebrates Student Artists
March 15–May 17, 2009
MADISON, WI--Young at Art, which opens March 15 in the State Street Gallery of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, presents works of art by Madison Metropolitan School District students in kindergarten through grade 12. Organized biennially, the exhibition is the result of a long-standing collaboration between MMoCA and the school district's Fine Arts Department. 
An opening reception will take place on Sunday, March 15, from 3–4:30 pm. Teachers, student artists, and families are invited to celebrate the works on view in the exhibition. A marimba band composed of students from Chavez Elementary School will perform in the museum's lobby from 3–4 pm.
In preparing for the exhibition, each of Madison's public school art teachers was invited to submit up to three works created by his or her students. As a group, the works represent a full range of technique, subject matter, and media, including drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, and computer-generated art. 
Young at Art underscores the value of early and continuing exposure to high-quality art education. The exhibition calls attention to children's creative potential and problem-solving skills; to the scope and variety of individual expression; and to the excellence of art instruction in Madison's public schools. All works on view in Young at Art demonstrate students' imagination and talent, and reflect best-practices in art education.
Young at Art is organized by the education department of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Metropolitan School District. Funding has been generously provided by the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company; the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, with additional funds from the American Girl's Fund for Children and the Overture Foundation; the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board; the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. 
Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is an independent museum supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum's lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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