Springdale students celebrated in art exhibit

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Students at the Don Tyson School of Innovation are being celebrated as they are featured in a free art learning exhibit and ethnic celebration through April 5.

The exhibit will be on view from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 214 Cache Art Gallery in Springdale with free student artwork, ethnic food samples and performances offered exclusively on April 2.

According to a press release, DTSOI is one of approximately 25 schools selected across Arkansas to participate and design lessons in cultural engagement to share with teachers across the country through National Statement on Education programs. learning from Arkansas and the US State Department, said Warren Utsler, DTSOI Professor of Art.

“The goal of this project is to create community engagement projects that will be shared with high school educators across America,” he said. “The project uses artwork and historical artifacts from museums and historical institutions to create engaging research and art experiences that allow students to discover their history and unite as one community.”

Student work includes artistic experiences built around understanding their heritage, culture, contributions to the larger community, and building relationships.

Some featured projects include:

  • Create a personal coat of arms
  • Assemble a Wall Hanging Celebrating Pride
  • Forgetting the past by acknowledging ethnic tragedies and genocide
  • Live facial castings to allow students to celebrate themselves as ethnic performers
  • Create paths to the community they live in and share their family’s journey to NWA
  • Unification through ethnic food pop art sculptures

Utsler said he hopes the students’ work will help open others’ eyes to the world around them. “Our young people can lead our community, state and national leaders to grasp some very basic concepts and truths often overshadowed by politics and economics.”


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Reggie S. Williams