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Students display at Youth Art Month

photo of a small boy accepting a t-shirt and certificate.

Kindergartner Maxwell Canipe receives a shirt and a certificate.

Central Valley artists have their works on display Mar. 1-31 at the Bassett Healthcare in Herkimer. The art show is part of the Herkimer County Art Circles’ 6th Annual Youth Art Month.

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. For more information, visit
the New York State Art Teachers Association website.

“Art is sometimes overlooked in schools as somehow not being a ‘real’ course. The truth is that art teachers are preparing students for real careers in any art related industry such as web design, product design and the many visual media fields. Art not only teaches physical skills, but mental skills as well. Perseverance, out-of-the-box thinking, problem solving, and visual/spatial skills are just a few skills practiced in the arts. In fact, the principles art students learn carry over into almost every field,” said art teacher Christina Korba

She said few people realize that New York has very specific standards for what students learn in art classes.:

  • Standard 1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts (Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts.)
  • Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources (Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.)
  • Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art (Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.)
  • Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts (Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.)

Who’s art is on display?

Stop in at the Bassett Healthcare site at 321 East Albany Street during their regular hours to see the works of:

Barringer Road Elementary School

Art Teacher: Nancie Cooney

Photo of two students displaying drawings

Eighth graders Jacob Schoff and Bethany Feldman display their works

  • Maxwell Canipe – Kindergarten
  • Andrea Day – Grade 1
  • Olivia Watkins – Grade 1
  • Landen LaPointe – Grade 2
  • Brianna Gay – Grade 4
  • Kiley Ball – Grade 4
  • Max Luke – Kindergarten
  • Joseph Urtz – Grade 3

Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School

Art Teacher: Christina Korba

  • Joey Helmer – Grade 6
  • Ivy Penree – Grade 6
  • Alexis White – Grade 5
  • Caitlin Johnson – Grade 6
  • Jacob Schoff – Grade 8
  • Bethany Feldman – Grade 8

Central Valley Academy

Art Teacher: Winni Dunn-Jones

  • Emma Doherty – Grade 9
  • Angela Gazilli – Grade 10
  • Danielle Juby – Grade 10
  • Stephanie Temple – Grade 12
Photo of girl accepting handshake and certificate

Kiley Ball receives a handshake and a certificate for her entry in the art show.