‘Art After Dark’ draws families together

Agnes Gonzales,Story and photo
Vogelweh Elementary School

***image1***Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is, how to remain an artist, once he grows up.”

At Vogelweh Elementary School, Youth Art Month was celebrated by the second annual Art After Dark social and art exhibit March 24.

Every child in the school displayed at least one of their works of art in the show.
“Art is creative,” said fifth-grader Breona Vestal. “It seems like you can create anything and your mind can go places when you’re making things.”

Art teacher and event coordinator J.T. Hinchman and her students displayed various works of art throughout the school hallways and cafeteria. The artists ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Families came to the school to view the student’s masterpieces.
“You have the opportunity to talk to teachers, it makes the kids happy to see the parents participating and seeing what they are doing,” said Sgt. Hector Maisonet, from the 251st Cargo Transfer Company.

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Transportation Movement Control Agency volunteered to help set up the exhibit.

“Helping set up this art show is important,” said Staff Sgt. Vanessa Slaughter, administrative specialist, “When I was in school, I enjoyed seeing people from the community come into my school and help out. Now I have the opportunity to volunteer in the same way.”

National Youth Art Month is an annual observance celebrated each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.