The Midlands Arts Conservatory was chosen as one of ten schools nationwide to participate in an art project titled, “COVID-19 & Me: Changes in My World."

Students were encouraged to create artworks featuring their experiences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

This initiative is a partnership with the World Awareness Children’s Museum of Glens Falls, New York, and is led by the museum’s executive director, Bethanie Muska Lawrence and Russell Serrianne, curator of collections & exhibitions.

“We believe that art helps us understand the world better and helps us process difficult times,” Lawrence said. “We hope this art project will help students explore and process the pandemic’s effect on their lives and see that, though they might be physically distanced from each other, they are not alone in their experiences.”

The goal of this project is for students to create and display artworks that allow them to reflect on and process their experiences with the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has made in their lives.

Students' artwork will be on display in virtual and physical art exhibits, featuring new artwork created by students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Nearly 50 of these new works will be part of the museum’s extensive International Youth Art Collection.

All art submitted to this initiative will be featured in an online virtual exhibition on the museum’s website. Participating schools and selected artists will be featured in a special magazine edition produced by the museum which will be available in print and online.

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