Nicole Gadouas, project leader
Swanton's Second Annual Youth Art Show
The Youth Art Show was first established in 2016 in response to the communities' youth expressing a need to have an opportunity to share their creativity and artwork with family, friends and the public, outside of the school system. I began researching professional ways to display and hang their work. This exploration resulted in Art walls made from wooden hollow doors hinged in pairs and painted in a dark gray. I also found a wire hanging system for walls that used eye bolts, wire and binder clips. The show called out to youth artist from 6 different neighboring towns. The submission's ages ranged from K-post grad. Art drop off were established at local libraries and school art departments. The show ran in the month of March which is National Youth art month. The Opening reception was from 6-8:30pm on a Friday night, with additional exhibit hours on Saturday from 11-2pm. The local high school's National Arts Honor Society members and art department teachers spent the whole day before the opening night curating and hanging the art for the show. This event shared the youth's art with the public, and celebrated and empowered their creativity. Donations made by local businesses.