MASON CITY | MacNider Art Museum will open Middle Point Artists, its 34th annual Youth Art Month Exhibition, later this month.
The display is open Feb. 23 to April 14 in the Center Space Gallery.
This year the spotlight shines on middle school students, celebrating the passion and ingenuity of students in seventh and eighth grade at CAL, Central Springs, Forest City, Hampton-Dumont, Newman Catholic and Northwood, the museum said in a news release.
Student artists whose work has been selected for inclusion in the exhibition will be honored at a reception and recognition ceremony at the museum 1 p.m. March 31.
The reception will be hosted by Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority for women in education. All are invited to attend.
The purpose of Youth Art Month is to emphasize the value of art education for all students and to encourage support for quality school art programs.
Demonstrated outcomes of art education have been shown to be development of critical thinking skills, self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression and cooperative working skills.
Art teachers from Central Rivers AEA and schools served by the office were invited to enter artwork from their students.
The MacNider Art Museum is located at 303 Second St. S.E. and is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.