Artwork from students of Hemet and San Jacinto enters display phase
■ The Diamond Valley Arts Center / Contributed
The Art for Youth Competition, a collaborative program of the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, the Hemet Valley Art Association and the Diamond Valley Arts Council, moved into the public display phase on Monday, Jan. 7 and will continue to run through Jan. 24. It is during this period that artwork entered into the competition by students from six different high schools within the Hemet and San Jacinto school districts can be viewed at various businesses throughout the San Jacinto Valley.
This year, the competition has experienced a significant increase in the number of entries – a result which stems from the efforts of the dedicated teachers and administrators who are committed to the education of their students. The number of entries increased nearly threefold of what it was previously. That means there are still a few opportunities for businesses to serve as Display Site Sponsors. If your business is interested in the opportunity to display some of the artwork or, if there is interest in becoming a sponsor of the competition, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizers emphasize that in addition to the public display aspect, the competition is unique in the educational value it provides for aspiring young artists. To be accepted into the competition the submitted art is evaluated by professional artists. One consideration in evaluating the work is that it be suitable for gallery presentation. For the flat art (i.e.; all categories other than the three-dimensional art) that often means the art is to be framed and matted, a requirement that can be a financial limitation for some students. To address that issue the committee created a ‘Frame and Matting Assistance Program’ designed to cover those costs and assure that deserving students are not prevented from participating for economic reasons.
The competition is supported in part by a generous grant of Community Improvement Development (CID) funds provided Riverside County Third District Supervisor, Chuck Washington. Information listing the names and addresses of Display Site Sponsors will be available at the facilities operated by each of the three collaborating organizations noted above.