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Posted: 04/17/13

COLORFUL DISPLAYS. At left, from left, Romeo High School seniors Colton O'Neill and Lea Holloway hang art in the display windows of The Secret Closet on April 12. Artwork from 150 K-12 students will be showcased in downtown Romeo businesses during Youth Art Month from April 15-26. Above, artwork as seen from the outside.

(Observer photos by Chris Gray)

Downtown Romeo
becomes venue for art

Observer Staff Writer
      Students from Romeo Community Schools will showcase their artwork in a unique, outdoor gallery: Downtown Romeo.
       Those strolling along Main Street can stop to appreciate the talents of students from all grade levels during Youth Art Month from April 15 to 26.
       Founded in 1961, Youth Art Month is a national promotion of art education in the U.S. celebrated in March. During the month, schools do everything from displaying art to holding special art-related events and contests.
       Lisa Joseph, jewelry and ceramics teacher at Romeo High School, said the district's art teachers decided to celebrate the month in April since March is a busy time in Romeo with the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser.
       "The hope was that it would bring people downtown and recognize student work, but also shop at local businesses," Joseph said.
       Romeo will celebrate the month by displaying artwork from K-12 art students in the windows of businesses, libraries and art centers in downtown. Joseph said about 150 students are contributing art to be displayed in at least 25 different businesses in downtown Romeo.
       "People go to sports events and can see how students have worked hard athletically, or check MEAP scores to see how they're performing academically," Joseph said. "This is our version of a performance, where we can show off the hard work and performances of the students."
       A grant from the Romeo Foundation for Educational Excellence covered the cost of matting, poster board, labels and other materials for displaying the artwork.
       Students and teachers went to the various downtown locations on April 12 to set up the artwork. Senior Colton O'Neill volunteered to hang up some of the works, with some of his own pieces at the Starkweather Arts Center.
       "I think it's cool because the kids get to see their stuff up," O'Neill said.

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