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Elementary Students Get Crafty

Feb 27, 2015 02:26PM ● Published by Shawna Meyer

The annual Elementary School Art Show will be held at the South Towne Center from March 12 to 18.

The Elementary School Art Show has been around since 2003. This city-sponsored event allows hundreds of elementary-age students to display their art for the Sandy community. Every year this art show brightens up the South Towne Center’s fountain area.

This year’s show will run from March 12 to 18 during the mall’s hours of operation.

Canyons School District holds an annual art show at the middle school and high school level, but there wasn’t an art show at the elementary school level until the Sandy Arts Guild stepped in.

“The Arts Guild thought that that didn’t seem fair . . . The elementary schools needed their showcase too,” Sandy City Director of Community Events Mearle Marsh said.

Last year, there were around 700 pieces on display. Marsh estimates that there will probably be around 300 to 400 students participating this year.

“It will vary because it’s really about what kind of participation we get each year from the teachers. It’s all the schools in the district; it’s all the charter schools in the area and the private schools also,” Marsh said.

A lot of the projects that get submitted are spawned from school art projects. Those who submit an art piece must make sure that it is a new piece, not one that has been submitted in previous contests. The art show is divided into grade categories, kindergarten through sixth grade.

“It’s really great to see the pride when they get recognized for their work. I just think it’s again part of that sense that they belong to the community,” Marsh said.

The awards ceremony will be on Friday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Towne Center, 10450 South State Street. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, which has been selected by Robert Jenson, Sandy Arts Guild executive board member.

First, second and third place winners in each grade level (kindergarten through sixth grade) will each receive a T-shirt, art supplies and a ribbon. Best in Show will also get their artwork featured on next year’s winners’ T-shirt.

All those who enter will receive a participation certificate. Those who don’t place in their grade level or overall could receive an honorable mention. After the show ends, all the winners will have their pieces on display at the Sandy Library for an additional week. 
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