Kent Island Federation of Art Celebrates Youth Art Month



‘Youth Art Month’, celebrated in March, is a national month long promotion of art and art education. Thousands of American schools participate, often with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations.  In celebration with the schools of Kent Island and Grasonville, the Kent Island Federation of Arts is hosting their 21st annual Student Art Showcase.  The exhibit will run from March 2 through March 26, 2011, with an Open House reception to honor the participants, to be held on Saturday, March 5, 1 – 4 pm for the Students, Teachers, Principals, Administrators, and family members.

This opportunity gives many art students a chance to have their work on display in a gallery setting, while at the same time offering KIFA the chance to share with the public their wonderful talent. Last year approximately 60 students exhibited over 150 two dimensional, pottery, and assemblage works.  

It’s been said that ‘the taste of the nation begins with the child in school.’  Gayla Schmerbeck, art teacher at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Stevensville, has over 20 pieces submitted by her students from grades K-8 and 10 entered into the Showcase. Schmerbeck said “I’m excited and pleased that the children have their artwork seen within their community. They’re absolutely thrilled to see their artwork on the wall.”

A reception, open to the general public at the conclusion of the Student Open House, is from 4-5pm on Saturday, March 5.  Free.  KIFA, a non-profit (501c3) volunteer organization, seeks to develop and allocate resources to provide gallery and studio space, instruction, art shows and events for our members and the greater community.  KIFA, 405 Main St., Stevensville, MD 21666.  For more information call 410.643.7424 or go to <> .

Photos courtesy of Lighthouse Christian Academy; 3rd Grade ‘Paper Mosaic’