August 11th, 2020

Eye on the Esplanade: A Light in the time of need

By Medicine Hat News Opinion on May 7, 2020.

Many of us were disappointed to learn that School Art would cancelled this year. It’s been somewhat of a beacon in our community, a light that signifies the end of winter, the school year and that summer is just around the corner. Not only is it a fun way to celebrate the talent of our youth but it’s also a great example of how a community pulls together to achieve this awesome event. It takes a large effort all the way from the students, teachers, school divisions, volunteers and staff at the city to make this all work.

I think School Art has always been such a great success because it really is a breath of fresh air, it highlights the innocence of children, their creativity and the promising talents of our local dreamers and innovators. This year more than ever I’ve felt that it’s important to recognize the significance of this exhibition and how there is more to School Art than meets the eye.

This year we have thousands of new schools in Medicine Hat. These schools are on dining room tables, in basements and on the floor of homes through out our community, and they are all eligible to be part of the School Art Exhibition.

That being said, we will be moving School Art to an online format this year in an attempt to have this light keep shinning. So if you know a child who deserves to have their artwork be part of this year’s show please help them submit their piece online. Visit http://www.esplanade.ca/cometogethervirtually/ and click on the School Art section to learn how to submit. This exhibition will go on and as we take School Art into the age of digitization, the Esplanade will continue to entertain, educate and celebrate our victories this year. Students from all over Medicine Hat and area will showcase their talent and wonderful imaginations, perhaps when we need it most.

Eye on the Esplanade was written by Daniel Meller

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