Senator visits HHS for Youth Art Month

Senator and two teachers hold up certificate

Student work on display at Bassett clinic

State Sen. James Seward visited Herkimer High School on Friday to kick off Youth Art Month. The senator greeted high school art students and delivered a proclamation designating March as Youth Art Month throughout New York State. He also heard a performance by the high school Jazz Ensemble during his visit.

“I was delighted once again this year to sponsor such a resolution,” Sen. Seward told the students gathered in the art classroom.

Seward spoke about the ways in which art teaches a range of skills, from problem-solving to self-expression, and gives talented students an opportunity to showcase their abilities.

Some of those abilities are on display at Bassett Healthcare HErkimer, where student artwork is on display throughout March. An opening reception for the local Youth Art Month exhibit will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

Art teacher Heather McCutcheon, who also serves as a co-chair for the statewide Youth Art Month celebration, said having the senator visit the school was both an honor and an opportunity for her students.

“I think it’s exciting for students to see the power of showcasing what they can do,” Mrs. McCutcheon said.

Youth Art Month is a national initiative led by the Council for Art Education.

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