JMKAC to kick off Youth Art Month celebration

Students, teachers, family, and friends are invited to honor Sheboygan County’s young artists at the Youth Art Month Celebration, March 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan.

This festive event highlights the 32nd annual Youth Art Month exhibition featuring hundreds of works created by area schoolchildren, on view through April 1. This show highlights the multifaceted talents and artistic achievements of area schoolchildren while recognizing and applauding the devoted art educators who encourage and guide them.

The works in the gallery were all created during the 2017–2018 school year by students enrolled in kindergarten through high school and were chosen by the art teachers. Students were encouraged to consider drawing inspiration from the Arts Center’s exhibitions through processes such as painting, sketching, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. Created from a variety of materials, these works range from exuberant to introspective.

The celebration event includes live music performed by student ensembles, art-making activities, face painting and refreshments. Admission to the Youth Art Month Celebration is free; a nominal fee is charged for some activities.

For more information, call 920-458-6144. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is located at 608 New York Ave. in downtown Sheboygan. Free parking is available in the Arts Center lot.

Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is dedicated to making innovative arts programming accessible to a broad audience that ranges from artists and academics to families and youth of all ages. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications.

The Arts Center’s collections focus primarily on works by artist-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/ Industry residency program. Since the 1970s, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center has preserved, studied, and exhibited artist environments. Today, with well over 20,000 individual works of art by 30 different art-environment builders in the collection, the Arts Center is the world’s leading center for research and presentation of this work.

Looking to the future, the Arts Center continues to generate new explorations in the arts that foster creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors, government grants, and its many members. The Arts Center is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries. More information about the Arts Center can be found at jmkac.org.

Admission to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is by voluntary donation. Arts Center members receive discount on performance tickets, class and camp tuition, purchases at ARTspace, and free or discounted admission to many special events. Memberships are available at the Arts Center, jmkac.org, and 920-458-6144.

Arts Center Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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