Student artists from Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools unveiled their art as part of the newest work to be featured in the pARTnership Gallery at the Shaw Conference Centre on June 13, 2017. Students celebrated the evening with their families by speaking about the importance of art in the education process and hearing from Edmonton artist Gordon R. Johnston.
In its eighth year, this annual event is a collaborative partnership between the two Edmonton school districts and Edmonton’s premier convention centre. The Shaw Conference Centre opened the pARTnership Gallery in 2010 to further its commitment to public art, student growth and community engagement.
“Our District is proud of the talent and creativity of our students. We are also grateful to the Shaw Conference Centre for their continued partnership in sharing the fantastic work of our students,” said Michelle Draper, Edmonton Public Schools Board Chair.
58 pieces of student artwork will be featured for an entire year in the Shaw Conference Centre’s high traffic corridor and will be seen by a half a million visitors. This gallery is also a venue to The Works Art and Design Festival, which runs June 22 to July 4 at various locations throughout the city.
“We are so proud of the creative achievements exhibited and the wonderful works our students have shared in this exhibit. The artworks presented communicate the ideas, tell the stories, and convey the beliefs of our student artists,” said Laura Thibert, Board Chair, Edmonton Catholic Schools. “As Elliot Eisner said, “Art is literacy of the heart.” The exhibit reflects the dedication and hard work of art students and teachers present in classrooms every day. We thank the Shaw Conference Centre for partnering with us to provide this opportunity to celebrate and promote excellence in art,” Thibert went on to say.
“We’re pleased to be able to support the community through art and social progress initiatives that engage and inspire Edmontonians,” said Lisanne Lewis, Shaw Conference Centre General Manager. “The student gallery has become a staple of the convention centre and is extremely popular amongst all our guests.”
Each year both districts celebrate the unveiling of the artwork with their teachers, principals, family members and trustees at a special reception. For more information on the Shaw Conference Centre’s local art initiatives, visit https://www.shawconferencecentre.com/art-in-unconventional-spaces/. The Shaw Conference Centre now features over 70 pieces of art work. Walking tour booklets are available through our reception office on the pedway level.
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