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By Katelyn Waltz, Grade 4 @ PBES

Honoring National Youth Art Month and the Visual Arts!
GCSD students featured in K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection Exhibition

March 1, 2013—The Capital Area Art Supervisors (CAAS) group, in cooperation with the NYS Office of
General Services, proudly presents the 2013 K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection Exhibition, to be held March 1 - 15, 2013 on the South Concourse of the plaza. This year's exhibit is representative of 500+ works from 10 capital region school districts with well over 30 schools participating. The Guilderland Central School District art department is pleased to announce that it has 49 students represented in the exhibit, with representation from Farnsworth Middle School, Altamont Elementary School, Guilderland Elementary School and Pine Bush Elementary School.

This event is one of a kind as it is the only Capital Region exhibition for K-8 students. It is an opportunity for students to showcase how their art was inspired by artwork from the Empire State Plaza Permanent Collection. This exhibit is a demonstration of how schools are linking with the community, and the art department is delighted to be able to take the exhibition out of the Empire State Plaza and bring it into our classrooms.

Opportunities such as this allow our teachers to foster a greater understanding and aesthetic awareness of the Abstract Art movement with their students. Students not only learn about the artists and their work, they also gain a greater knowledge and appreciation of how this collection came to our great city.

Community members are cordially invited to a reception for all participating students and their families on Wednesday March 6 beginning at 3:00 pm on the South Concourse. Keynote speaker will be Tammis Groft, who currently serves as the interim Director and Chief Curator at the Albany Institute of History and Art. She was also the original curator to the Empire State Plaza Art Collection.


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By Erin Deyoe, Grade 7 @ FMS By Rosie Pomakoy, Grade 1 @ AES By Nicholas Donlon, Grade K @ GES