Arts for our Park: The Elements of Home

New exhibit features art from Leupp, Grand Canyon Schools

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Each March, the Grand Canyon National Park community celebrates National Youth Art Month with an exhibition of artworks created by local school children. This year's exhibit theme is "The Elements of Home." Students from two Colorado Plateau communities - Leupp and Grand Canyon - will interpret this theme through a variety of media on public display at historic Kolb Studio from March 1-28.

Water, Earth, Fire, Air, Ideas: These are the five elements, the basic categories that we use to describe our world. The children of Leupp and Grand Canyon are well-versed in these elements. Water has carved our landscape and sustains life in our dry, dusty environment. The Earth beneath our feet is home - ever-changing, dramatic and astounding, but also reliable and solid. Wind sculpts the earth, carries the birds, and brings us weather. The fire is our sun, the color of the dirt, the heat of the day and the sparkle of the night skies. Ideas - energy and imagination - connect these elements to people and spark creativity.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grades were invited to enter one piece of their original art to compete in this unique juried exhibit. Artworks have been selected by a team of professional artists and arts administrators. Prizes will be awarded at the opening reception on March 1. The reception, which is open to the public, will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

For information about Grand Canyon and Leupp schools visit their Web sites -

Grand Canyon School: www.grandcanyonschool.org.

Leupp Schools, Inc.: www.lsi.bia.edu/home.

Exhibits at Kolb Studio are sponsored by the Grand Canyon Association and Grand Canyon National Park.

For more information on this exhibit and the Grand Canyon Association and its programs, please visit www.grandcanyon.org or contact Helen Ranney at (928) 863-3877 or e-mail hranney@grandcanyon.org.

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