Bill Miranda | Celebrate Youth Art in Santa Clarita

Did you know that March is Children’s Art Month? The month was created in 1961 by The Art and Creative Materials Institute. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the creativity of our young people. Regardless of the medium, art allows individuals to express their vision and feelings while encouraging critical thinking. The City of Santa Clarita is proud to champion and promote artistic opportunities for our youth throughout the community.

From original arts programming at our community centers to artist calls at our local galleries, youth and teens can easily discover an outlet and exhibit their work. One of the biggest events in Santa Clarita that celebrates the artistic talents of students and young people is the Youth Arts Showcase.

This year will mark the sixth annual celebration of Youth Art Month in our community. The Youth Arts Showcase is always an exciting and challenging demonstration of the diverse artistic skills that thrive in our community. The artistic mediums presented range from dance to musical performances, including poetry, painting, film, photography and much more.

Each year, I am in awe of the works presented by the young people of the region. I have seen outstanding paintings by children as young as 5, as well as wonderful collages and sculptures by local teenagers. You can view all of the 2022 youth art submissions on March 19 at the Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to seeing the work of young artists, showcase attendees can expect group dance performances, art competitions for on-the-go art activities, local art vendors, and delicious food trucks. Sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon to me! Visit the showcase with your friends and family to help us celebrate a wide variety of artistic skills here in Santa Clarita.

The theme for the 2022 Youth Arts Showcase is “Generation Rescue: Sustainable Water for All”. All of the featured works highlight youth perspectives on the importance of climate change, its impact on water resources in local and global communities, and how to address this global issue. This is a timely and important topic as California experiences one of the worst droughts in our state’s history. We need to pay attention to water conservation efforts, like turning off sprinklers when possible and being mindful of water use in our homes. It will be interesting to see how our young people express themselves on this issue through different mediums.

As a bonus, the city’s top submissions from artists ages 13-18 will qualify for the Santa Clarita Sister Cities Artist Showcase and earn the chance to compete against art submissions from other sister cities around the world. whole. This is an annual competition that allows young emerging artists to express and challenge their artistic abilities to address various themes.

In 2021, our city was blessed with two nationally recognized winners: Julios De Jesus from Canyon High School and Brandon Cho from Valencia High School. Residents can learn more about the Sister Cities of Santa Clarita program and the 2022 Young Artists and Authors Showcase by visiting santaclaritasistercities.org.

I love how art has the ability to connect us to important issues, original ideas and talents of all ages. Youth Art Month is essential to give a voice and a creative outlet to our talented young people. Take the time to witness the fantastic works of art being produced right here in Santa Clarita during the 2022 Youth Arts Showcase.

Whether you’re an experienced artist or just curious about local art, this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and appreciate young local art.

Bill Miranda is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at[email protected].

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