Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will showcase art from their students at a Spring Arts Extravaganza, Wednesday, March 18 through Wednesday, March 25, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem. The opening reception is 5-7:00pm., Friday, March 20. The show and the reception are both free and open to the public. Modern Automotive’s “Artists of the Future” contest winners and certificate recipients will be announced at the opening reception on March 20.
Arts Extravaganza is sponsored by Modern Automotive in collaboration with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. It features the best artwork from elementary, middle schools and high schools in the system, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and mixed media. Each year hundreds of students, parents and family members, teachers and arts enthusiasts attend the largest annual arts show in the county.
“The creativity demonstrated at Arts Extravaganza by students in our public school system is absolutely amazing,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. “It speaks well for the high level of instruction that students receive and the educational value of arts programs in our schools. At The Arts Council, we believe strongly in the educational value of the arts across all disciplines, and we are proud to partner with the schools each year by providing “Wells Fargo Arts-in- Education Grants” that benefit every child in our school system.”
Art by elementary students will be exhibited in Reynolds Place in the Milton Rhodes Center and artwork by middle and high school students will be displayed in the Davis Gallery of the Sawtooth School, which is located in the Center, also.
Sawtooth School for the Visual Arts is located in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and is the Triad’s premier community arts school offering courses for children K-12 and adults. Modern Automotive will award Sawtooth School scholarships valued at $250 each to winners in each division along with a family membership to Sawtooth. In addition, the students will appear in a TV commercial for the company. Runners up will receive student memberships in the Sawtooth School. The art teachers of the three winners will receive certificates to purchase supplies at Dick Blick Art Materials.
Opening night will have a special activity for the kids sponsored by Modern. “Color the City” will allow kids to place iconic images and automobiles on a Winston-Salem skyline which they can then color or paint with material of their choice and take home as souvenirs.