Throughout March, Pickens County schools will be celebrating “Youth Arts Month” with special art exhibitions in each of the county’s four high schools, followed by a county-wide exhibition at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History in April.
The “Youth Arts Month” exhibitions are the result of a partnership between the Pickens County Administration, the Pickens County Cultural Commission, the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, and Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County. There will be four regional art exhibitions that will be held at each of the four high schools during the month of March. Students in schools that feed into these high schools will have their artworks featured. Each exhibition includes artwork from the local high school and all of its feeder schools.
Liberty High School:
Schools Featured: Chastain Road Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Liberty Middle School, and Liberty High School
Exhibition: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:30-6:30 PM
Easley High School:
Schools Featured: Crosswell Elementary, East End Elementary, Forest Acres Elementary, McKissick Elementary, West End Elementary, Gettys Middle School, and Easley High School
Exhibition: Tuesday, March 14, at 6:00 PM
Daniel High School:
Schools Featured: Clemson Elementary, Six Mile Elementary, Central Elementary, R.C. Edwards Middle School, Daniel High School
Exhibition: Tuesday, March 14, 6:30-8:00 PM with Awards at 7:30 PM
Pickens High School:
Schools Featured: Ambler Elementary, Dacusville Elementary, Hagood Elementary, Pickens Elementary, Dacusville Middle School, Pickens Middle School, and Pickens High School
Exhibition: Friday, March 17, 6:00-7:30 PM
Artwork will be on display throughout the month of March at these schools. All regional exhibition winners will advance to the All-County Exhibition to be held at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History where there will be over $2,000 in awards distributed to All-County winners. These works will be on display April 1-28, 2017. The Middle and High School reception will be held on April 6 from 5:30 until 7:00 PM with awards presented at 6:30 PM. The Elementary School reception will be held on April 20 from 5:30 until 7:00 PM with awards presented at 6:30 PM. The Pickens County Museum of Art and History is located at 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671.
During the fall of 2016, Pickens County art teachers, under the leadership of Michael Salina, an art teacher at Daniel High School, developed a vision for how Youth Arts Month to celebrate and recognize the School District of Pickens County’s young artists. Dan Brennan, Curator of the Pickens County Museum of Art and History; Wayne Kelley of the Pickens County Cultural Museum; and Gerald Wilson, Pickens County Administrator, were all instrumental in turning the teachers’ vision into reality. Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County donated $2,500 in funds to help schools cover the cost of creating the artwork displays, and the Pickens County Cultural Commission secured over $2,000 in prize money to be awarded to winners in each category. Additionally, this group secured funds to recognize judges from Clemson University who will be working with these exhibitions.
This team effort across Pickens County agencies is ensuring that the arts are recognized and that opportunities for the arts are available for all students in the SDPC.