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March is Youth Art Month in Custer

Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

With Mayor Gary Lipp’s signature, March has been proclaimed Youth Art Month (YAM) in Custer City.  
March is Youth Art Month across the nation and the celebration in Custer promises a variety of events for the whole community to enjoy. 
YAM is an annual observance to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum. 
Custer’s student artists have been preparing for the exhibitions at the courthouse and library galleries.  The high school students will have samples of pottery, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking and photography pieces on display while the Custer Elementary Art Club students will exhibit selected paintings, sculpture and drawings.  
Custer Elementary Art Club instructor Camille Riner has worked with the students to prepare their work for public display.
“Arts education covers a broad spectrum of learning styles, and boosts learning and achievement for all students,” Riner said. “I hope the community will come to the courthouse to see what the students have created in our after school art club.” 
Events for YAM include:
• March 18-May 6: Custer Elementary School Art Club Exhibit, Custer County Courthouse Art Gallery. March 20 artists reception, 3:30-6 p.m., same location.
• March through April: Custer High School and eighth grade art students exhibit, Custer County Library.   March 20 artists reception at Custer County Courthouse Art Gallery from 3:30-6 p.m.
• March 10: 5-12 grade band concert, Custer High School Theater, 7 p.m. 
• March 15: Destination ImagiNation regional competition at Douglas High School.
• Monday, March 18: 6-12 grade choir concert, Custer High School Theater, 7 p.m. 
• March 22, 28, and 29: “The Pony Expresso or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt” dinner and stage show at The Frontier. Dinner 5:30 p.m., performance 7 p.m.  Cost is $20/person.
• March 23: “The Pony Expresso or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt” ice cream social and matinee stage show at The Frontier.  Social 1 p.m., performance at 2 p.m. Cost  $15/person.
• March 28-29: South Dakota All State Band, T.F. Riggs High School Theater in Pierre, 7 p.m.     
March 29: Destination ImagiNation state competition in Pierre.  Information—contact Cozy Dorton, didirector@golden
west.net.
• April 4-5: High school spring theater performance, “Radio Daze” at 7 p.m.
• 10th Annual Custer Stampede Buffalo Art Auction: Custer High School senior artist Raven Rush creating Table Top Buffalo for the Stampede Raffle.
• April 7-10: South Dakota Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC). Bob H. Miller from Rapid City will be in the Custer Elementary School classrooms.  
For more information about YAM or any of the events above visit csd.k12.sd.us or facebook.com/CusterAreaArts.

With Mayor Gary Lipp’s signature, March has been proclaimed Youth Art Month (YAM) in Custer City.  

March is Youth Art Month across the nation and the celebration in Custer promises a variety of events for the whole community to enjoy. 

YAM is an annual observance to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum. 

Custer’s student artists have been preparing for the exhibitions at the courthouse and library galleries.  The high school students will have samples of pottery, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking and photography pieces on display while the Custer Elementary Art Club students will exhibit selected paintings, sculpture and drawings.  

Custer Elementary Art Club instructor Camille Riner has worked with the students to prepare their work for public display.

“Arts education covers a broad spectrum of learning styles, and boosts learning and achievement for all students,” Riner said. “I hope the community will come to the courthouse to see what the students have created in our after school art club.” 

Events for YAM include:

• March 18-May 6: Custer Elementary School Art Club Exhibit, Custer County Courthouse Art Gallery. March 20 artists reception, 3:30-6 p.m., same location.

• March through April: Custer High School and eighth grade art students exhibit, Custer County Library.   March 20 artists reception at Custer County Courthouse Art Gallery from 3:30-6 p.m.

• March 10: 5-12 grade band concert, Custer High School Theater, 7 p.m. 

• March 15: Destination ImagiNation regional competition at Douglas High School.

• Monday, March 18: 6-12 grade choir concert, Custer High School Theater, 7 p.m. 

• March 22, 28, and 29: “The Pony Expresso or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt” dinner and stage show at The Frontier. Dinner 5:30 p.m., performance 7 p.m.  Cost is $20/person.

• March 23: “The Pony Expresso or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt” ice cream social and matinee stage show at The Frontier.  Social 1 p.m., performance at 2 p.m. Cost  $15/person.

• March 28-29: South Dakota All State Band, T.F. Riggs High School Theater in Pierre, 7 p.m.     

March 29: Destination ImagiNation state competition in Pierre.  Information—contact Cozy Dorton, didirector@golden

west.net.

• April 4-5: High school spring theater performance, “Radio Daze” at 7 p.m.

• 10th Annual Custer Stampede Buffalo Art Auction: Custer High School senior artist Raven Rush creating Table Top Buffalo for the Stampede Raffle.

• April 7-10: South Dakota Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC). Bob H. Miller from Rapid City will be in the Custer Elementary School classrooms.  

For more information about YAM or any of the events above visit csd.k12.sd.us or facebook.com/CusterAreaArts.



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