A picture of Club members at the art exhibit.

During the past year, the Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve hosted an exciting exhibit at the Akron Art Museum. Around 150 pieces of art created by students of all age groups were displayed at the exhibit. On November 1st, around 40 members were taken on a field trip to the Akron Art Museum to see their artwork that was put on display. In addition to seeing their artwork, Club members were also given the opportunity to create crafts with the museum staff.

            Each of the displayed pieces of art were considered for rewards based on certain criteria and member ages. In addition, local artists were invited to the art show as judges, where they would be tasked with choosing winners. The chosen winners would have their artwork advanced to the regional event. To great excitement, 17 pieces of art were chosen and sent on for regional judging. From there, if any pieces are chosen at the regional event, they would advance to the Boys & Girls Club national show. In 2018, one of our Club members had a piece of art sent to the national show where it was selected as the winner in the Collage category. His piece “Sea Creatures” represented his passion for art and animals. He collaborated with his art teacher at the Club to come up with his design.

One of the main goals of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to be a place where kids are able to grow into their full potential. For students with an artistic interest and passion, art programs at the Clubs provide them with inspiration and guidance to embrace their creativity.