Both Santa Clarita Elementary School and Mountainview Elementary School celebrated their students’ artwork during a reception for the city of Santa Clarita’s Community Art Wall Tuesday.
The art wall at the Valencia Town Center Mall—located upstairs between Sears and the exit to The Patios—is a space dedicated to showcasing artwork from youth in the Santa Clarita community.
“Each different school or school program have it for about three months,” said Nicole Mena, who manages school programs for the city of Santa Clarita and the Centre. “The last program that was up there was Reflections.”
Each year in May, the city hosts a meeting that allows program leaders to share information about their curriculum and offerings to different schools in the Santa Clarita Valley.
These programs include options like art installations, artists-in-residence and the Community Art Wall.
“We have a district-wide school programs meeting where we invite the different districts and principals,” Mena said. “The more people that come from each school, the more choices they have of putting [their] names into the hat to see if they are chosen for that specific program. It can be an elementary, junior high or high school, it just depends on who’s chosen and who shows up to that meeting.”
In the past schools like Golden Valley High School and Rio Norte Junior High School had the entire Community Art Wall to themselves; however, this year, Mountainview Elementary and Santa Clarita Elementary decided to share the wall.
On Tuesday, students from preschool to sixth grade had a chance to see their work on display during a special ceremony for the community that include songs from the Santa Clarita Choir and refreshments from the city of Santa Clarita.
The students’ artwork will continue to be on display at the Community Art Wall until January.
“The next school is in January which will then go to the William S. Hart Union High School District,” Mena said. “Then it goes in March to Highlands Elementary and in May it will be Rosedell Elementary.”
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