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Natalie C. Jones (February)
Each month, a different member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog. Natalie C. Jones is an artist, small business owner, and the director of education at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. She has 10 years of experience working as an art teacher and teaching artist throughout the east coast and the Midwest. Click "GO" to read her full bio.

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February 22, 2016

Stop.Look.Listen: Lets Celebrate our Art Students

From: Frank Juarez

This past weekend the John Michael Kohler Arts Center had its annual Youth Art Month exhibition celebrating over 200+ works of student art from Sheboygan County. I had the honor of handing out certificates to the student artists entering the exhibition. As you know, March is Youth Art Month and is celebrated across the country with many places hosting exhibitions now until the end of March. Youth Art Month isn’t just a month where we exhibit student work, but a time where we bring people together and continue to build art community.

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Being in education is a tough gig these days. The stakes are higher. Being held accountable for student success is overwhelming. Promoting and advocating for our art programs is endless. No matter the obstacle, we need to take time to stop, listen, and look on your students love for art is making a difference in how they see the world around them. It is through their creativity and imagination that bring smiles to everyone who sees a work by a student. It is through their art that tells a story.

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Being an art teacher is not just a profession it is a way of life. It is through our personal and professional art experiences that make a difference on what and how we communicate with our students. It is how we bring out the best in them. As March is fast approaching I invite you to take a break and reflect on all of the fabulous things you are accomplishing this school year.

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Web Resources:
John Michael Kohler Arts Center: jmkac.org
North High Art Department: nhsartdept.com

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