The month of March was declared Kids’ Art Month in the town of Selbyville by Mayor Clifton Murray at Tuesday’s regular town council meeting. Murray recognized the Selbyville Community Club and Jackie Bates of the club’s Arts Committee for their role in the town. Over the past five years, the Selbyville Community Club has sponsored Kids Art Month as part of their Arts in the Community Program.
To celebrate and honor students and their artwork, a forum will be held for students within the 19975 ZIP code, and their art will be displayed through March at the Selbyville Public Library.
The show itself will be held at the library on Saturday, March 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available and, following the show, some artwork will be put on display in local town businesses.
Works will be included from students enrolled at Phillip C. Showell Elementary, Southern Delaware School of the Arts, Selbyville Middle and Indian River High schools, as well as home-schooled students who have contacted the community club to identify themselves.
“This event has really helped to bring attention to the arts by kids of all ages,” said Murray. “I think it’s very worthwhile, and, in the past few years, the response has been very positive. The artwork these kids do is amazing, and we appreciate the club’s effort.”
The Town of Selbyville has helped fund the program in the past, and continued at Tuesday’s meeting with a $300 donation to the Selbyville Community Club. The arts committee has worked closely with art teachers in area schools to ensure that students not only enjoy the freedom and creativity that come with art, but understand the elements and principles of it, too. Students’ work will be evaluated by four judges who have taught art in local schools or who are artists themselves.
“We’re out to do good things in the community,” said Bates. “We started years ago, recognizing that the kids need to have a place to show off what they do. Art is the one thing in school where kids have no boundaries.”
The Selbyville Community Club is partnered with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, established 90 years ago.
“The club is very gracious for this ongoing event,” Bates added. “It is now in its sixth year, and the town has joined in and helped us from the get-go. We appreciate the generous donations that they and other businesses in the community have made.”
Other businesses in the community who’d like to make a contribution may do so by sending it to: Arts in the Community Program, Selbyville Community Club, P.O. Box 840, Selbyville, DE 19975. For more information, contact Jackie Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s nice for kids to have a forum and know their efforts are appreciated,” she said. “It’s a little town, and you’d think art can get lost in all the attention we give to the major subjects in school. But the creativity and inspiration that comes from art is very beneficial as children develop, and I’m glad we’re able to bring this event to the town.”