W.Va. Department of Education Seeking Student Submissions for Arts Alive

January 03, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Recognizing the importance of celebrating student creativity, the West Virginia Department of Education is seeking original student work to be featured on the mainstage performance at the 2012 Arts Alive! Showcase.

The annual event, scheduled for April 20 in Charleston, features student artists in dance, music, theatre and visual art at public schools across West Virginia.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for any student of the arts and I encourage students from around the state to apply to participate in this learning experience,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “The arts encourage students to think creatively, adopt fresh approaches and help bridge language and other barriers among diverse cultures in today’s global society.”

Public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to submit original compositions, choreography, improvisations, digital works, film, original scenes, or other works that would be suitable for the mainstage performance. Work such as a musical improvisation based an existing melody also will be considered. Submissions must be submitted electronically by 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at http://wvde.state.wv.us/forms/2012-arts-alive-entry. Submissions must be less than five minutes to be considered for the program. Submissions will be evaluated by the Arts Alive planning committee on creativity, expression, technique and presentation. More details and rules are posted at http://wvde.state.wv.us/arts-alive.

In addition to the mainstage performances, the Department of Education also has added a new category about integrating science and the arts.  The Science in the Arts competition was created to encourage high school students to consider, research, and present information about relationships between the two subjects.

“We know that students learn best when they are able to connect different subjects and integrate their learning,” Marple said. “Science and art are everywhere, and the interdependence of the subjects is undeniable.”

West Virginia high school students may submit an entry for a visual arts product which they have created to represent Science in the Arts. The submitted piece must be an example of a student using science to create an artwork or a student demonstrating an understanding the science of the materials used to create the artwork. Student must create a two to three minute video presentation explaining why the piece was selected to represent Science in the Arts, what the piece means to the student personally, and the science used to create the art or the science of the materials used to create the artwork. Examples of acceptable entries include but are not limited to:

-   A piece of welded artwork with an explanation of the science of the welding process or the physics of balance which keeps the piece from falling over.

-   A photograph with an explanation of the science of developing photographs or how the science of light affects photography.

-   A piece of pottery with a demonstration of the science behind earthenware, stoneware, or porcelain, the geology of the material’s place of origin, or the science of the glazing process.

-   A painting with an explanation of the science behind the materials used to create the painting or the canvas or material on which it is painted.

Submissions for the science competition also must be submitted electronically by 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at http://wvde.state.wv.us/forms/2012-science-in-the-arts-entry.

For more information, contact John Deskins, arts coordinator for the state Department of Education, at (304) 558-5325 or jdeskins@access.k12.wv.us, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.



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