Supt Column - Celebrate students' art, music with exhibits, performances

Supt Column - Celebrate students' art, music with exhibits, performances
Posted on 03/19/2018

Art Cluster 4th Grade

Art Cluster 5th Grade

Offerings and experiences in art and music are rich, vibrant and plentiful in the Wausau community. The same is true in the Wausau School District. While art and music are infused into the curriculum at all grade levels and at all schools, community partnerships forged with the district bring the fine arts to life for students.

Annually, fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Gifted and Talented art cluster program are publicly recognized at an Art Cluster Reception at the Marathon County Public Library. It is a wonderful Saturday event where students, along with their families and teachers, admire and explain their creative and beautiful works of art. These young artists’ pieces will remain on display in the children’s area of the library through March 20.

Another publicly recognized art show for our students, Visual Expressions, is held annually at the Center for the Visual Arts in the loft gallery. Each school in the district is represented at this show, and there is a special program for both elementary and secondary students.

Our students’ artwork displayed in an art gallery is quite a sight to see. What makes this show even more exciting for our students is that many of their teachers participate in the Marathon County Art Educator Exhibit, which is held in the CVA's main gallery. Both exhibits are free and open to the public from March 16 through mid-May‚Äč. If you plan to take in these exhibits and want to see even more awesome student artwork, plan to attend the art fairs scheduled at most schools this spring.

There's also music, music and more music in the form of band, orchestra, and choir performances at plays and concerts throughout schools. Through our strong programs taught by passionate educators, our students are continually afforded opportunities to showcase the caliber of their talents.

Middle school students are selected to participate in the National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter All-State Junior Band; they participate in the Viola Jamboree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Trombone Day at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A number of our middle and high school students earned a starred first rating at the local Solo & Ensemble contest and will now perform at the state level for higher level feedback and ratings. Wausau East Band was scheduled to perform a concert at school March 12, and the Wausau West Jazz Band was set to open for the US Air Force Jazz Band at the Grand Theater on March 15. There will be many more musical opportunities for the community to enjoy as students will perform at various schools and venues throughout the spring.

Our students are amazing, and they are proud to showcase their talents and creativity in Wausau and across the state. And we, as the Wausau School District, are proud of our students. While we celebrate art and music on a daily basis in our schools, the state of Wisconsin makes a point to recognize both art and music in schools in a special way each March.

Michael Schwei is the interim superintendent of the Wausau School District.

Art by Wausau School District fourth-graders and fifth-graders, including this piece, will be on display at the Marathon County Public Library in Wausau through March 20. (Photos: Courtesy of Wausau School District)