Hosting an Art Show is a great way to build community and student pride. It gives students a chance to show off their work and allows you to highlight your art program. Here are a few tips for creating a stellar event:
- Make it a reception, like a gallery opening. Ask the PTO to get involved and host a treat table. Some parents may even be willing to create art-themed foods, like the paint palette cookies pictured below.
- Team up with another well-attended school event like an open house, a school concert, book fair, or district-wide celebration. If there’s not enough space in your school to display art, consider a community space like your local library, YMCA, community center, etc.
- Invite guests to create art right at the event. You might even have everyone contribute to a group art project. Roll out craft paper across several tables so multiple people can add to the collage at the same time.
- Ask high school students to perform in small jazz or string ensembles, combining performing and visual arts. A collaboration like this can bring in more people. While you’re at it, invite your high school art students to help organize and work at the event. This may even help satisfy their required volunteer hours.
- Raise money for your school. Give parents a way to preserve and share their children’s art on beautiful reproductions. Companies like SilverGraphics Art Fundraising specialize in printing artwork on ceramic, paper and fabric goods like tiles, t-shirts, and notecards. Parents select from an array of products to purchase. The proceeds from an art show fundraiser can help you purchase art supplies, fund field trips, equipment, and more.
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