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West Warwick students' art at Picard's

March 17, 2012

Lauren Knight. Kent County Daily Times.

WEST WARWICK – In light of Youth Art Month, 20 students in West Warwick are showcasing their artistic talents to promote community awareness in the value of art in education.

“We tried to capture little samplings of our kids’ abilities and artwork and get it out to the public as much as possible,” said Tracy LeFort, the West Warwick visual arts program coordinator.

The art is currently on display at Picard’s Ice Cream and Coffee House and LeFort stated that the Cotton Shed gallery at Thundermist will soon showcase additional collections.

Youth Art Month (YAM) was established by the Art and Creative Materials Institute in 1961.

“They wanted to promote the value of art in school systems,” explained LeFort. “They designed it so during the month of March, special events would be held at local state and federal levels to recognize the importance of art education to children.”

Previously, much of the students’ artwork was on display at the Nash Room in the West Warwick Public Library, and despite its traffic, LeFort felt it could be more “in the face of the public.”

She began searching and found Picard’s Ice Cream and thought it would be the perfect place.

“I would say that the community members that go in there range from two-years-old to whatever, because they sell coffee, ice cream and sandwiches,” she said. “I figured we would get a really good community.”

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