21st Century Symposium

Local Families Celebrate 21st Century Family Symposium & Art Show
Posted on 01/17/2019
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The January 16th Family Symposium and Student Art Showcase saw a record-breaking turnout at the ESD 123 building. Approximately 250 children and adults attended the Symposium to view student artwork. Students from all eleven 21st Century Community Center Learning Center program sites, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, created artwork for the showcase and voted for their favorite pieces to be displayed at the ESD. (View all the event photos on the ESD 123 Facebook page.)

The third Annual 21st Century Family Symposium and Student Art Showcase began at 5:30 PM on January 16th, with students arriving with their families or on buses from their school sites.  After walking the halls of the ESD 123 building to view their own artwork, as well as art created by their peers across five area school districts, the students enjoyed a dinner and delicious desserts provided by STCU. Addressing a packed room of proud students, site coordinators, and families, ESD 21st Century Program Director, Margarita Alaman, brought each of the eleven site coordinators up to present certificates to the student artists.

“Students were so impressed with how far reaching our program is,” stated Alaman.  “One of our students from Finley Middle School came up to me and said, ‘Wow, Mrs. A! I didn’t know that 21st Century was this big!’ It was incredibly inspiring to see such a great turnout and show of support from our families.”

In addition to the sponsorship of local credit union STCU, representatives from Goodwill provided information and resources for families, and local cultural musician/artist Samuel Becerra performed for attendees and displayed the artwork he will be implementing with 21st Century students through the spring and summer. 

Student artwork will remain on display at ESD 123 until February 1. From watercolor paintings to crafted birdhouses, the art exemplifies the creative and instructional work taking place in the 21st Century sites, and the Family Symposium provided a perfect medium to share that work with families.

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