Shine - Orange County Art Educators Association Annual Art Show

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Shine - Orange County Art Educators Association Annual Art Show

Time: April 16, 2009 to May 9, 2009
Location: CityArts Factory
Street: 29 South Orange Avenue
City/Town: Orlando
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Phone: 407.648.7060
Event Type: art, show, paintings, soical, exhibit, wine
Organized By: Chuck Dinkins / CityArts Factory
Latest Activity: Apr 24, 2009

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Event Description

Press Release for Immediate Distribution April 6th, 2009

Contact: Kris Finn, Board Member – Orange County Art Educator’s Association 407-245-1720 x292

Chuck Dinkins, Facility Director - CityArts Factory

The Orange County Art Educator’s Association announces it’s 23rd annual show featuring the work of art teaching professionals from all public school levels. Entitled “SHINE”, this year’s show features the work of around 70 art teachers working in media from paint to glass work. Whether the theme is interpreted in the reflective surface of resin or glaze, the glow of lit glasswork, or the interplay of light and surface interpreted in the painted form, Orange County’s teaching artists would like to “shed some light” on the qualifications and commitment to the arts needed to run a successful art program.

The show has a poignant and emphatic meaning in a year when many schools are facing the potential loss of visual arts programs due to projected extreme budget cuts. For many art teachers, the loss of these programs is much more than the loss of a job. SHINE is the mantra they have channeled to their students, allowing each child to see the world illuminated with fine arts knowledge and to envision a brighter future for themselves and others. Truly the visual arts give every child their own unique chance to shine. The loss of these vital programs is often never reversed.

The arts can be a critical link for students in developing the crucial thinking skills and motivations they need to achieve at higher levels. Based on a review of data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS: 88), University of California-Los Angeles researchers determined that students who were highly involved in arts instruction earned better grades and performed better on standardized tests. They also performed more community service, watched fewer hours of television, reported less boredom in school, and were less likely to drop out of school. The grade point averages of students involved in the arts increases proportionally to the number of arts classes taken. These findings were also true for students from the lowest socioeconomic status quartile, reinforcing the fact that the arts reach and motivate equivocally in our schools.

The Orange County Art Educator’s Association offers SHINE as a tribute and testament to instructor’s commitment to radiate positivity in the face of this crisis and to do all we can to continue to help Orange County arts students thrive and glow. As teachers take a turn in the spotlight, we hope to bring attention to the critical situation facing the arts in Orange County and across the nation.

Located in the Kiene-Quigley Community Gallery at CityARTS Factory at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Pine Streets, SHINE will hang from April 16th to May 9th. The opening reception on April 16th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm will feature music performances by OCPS music faculty and their students. The gallery is open from Monday through Saturday, 11:00am – 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

For questions regarding SHINE, contact Kris Finn, Art Educator’s Show Chair, @

Chuck Dinkins, Director CityArts Factory

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